Mohammed Taheri-Azar The "Jeep Jihadist" Given Long Sentence


August 28, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - - Mohammed Taheri Azar, the "jeep jihadist" who drove a rented SUV into a crowd of students at the UNC at Chapel Hill was sentenced on Tuesday August 26 2008 and now faces up to 33 years in prison.

As noted in our previous piece UNC Chapel Hill - "Jeep Jihadist" - Taheri Azar - Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder

"Taheri-Azar, a Muslim UNC Chapel Hill student pleaded guilty earlier, to two counts of first degree attempted murder after having driven a rented SUV into a crowd of people on the school's campus in March of 2006, seriously injuring nine.

As a result of a plea bargain, nine counts of aggravated felonious assault were dropped. Mohammad Reza Taheri Azar will be sentenced on two counts of first-degree attempted murder on August 25. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Taheri Azar had been held in a mental institution since 2007 when he erupted in court. He was released last month and transferred to the North Carolina Central Prison."

In a sentencing statement, Orange County Superior Court Judge Carl Fox said, "One of the things our government won't tolerate, and after 9/11 our citizens won't tolerate, is trying to use Americans as punching bags or targets for terrorist acts or mindless acts." [source,]

The Iranian born Taheri-Azar claimed after the attack that he was acting in accordance with God's wishes in avenging the U.S. government's killing of Muslims around the world.

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