Californian who tried joining Islamic State faces sentencing

A California man who aspired to join the Islamic State group in Syria and lied to get a replacement American passport to head overseas could face two decades in prison.

Adam Dandach, who is now 22, is scheduled to be sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana.

Federal prosecutors are seeking a 20-year sentence after Dandach pleaded guilty last year to attempting to provide material support to a terror group and lying on his passport application.

Prosecutors say probation officials recommend a 15-year sentence for Dandach.

Dandach’s lawyer says his client claimed Islamic State was not a designated terrorist group when he initially planned his trip to Syria to join a charitable aid convoy in 2013.

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