25 years for 'cartoon' terrorist


South Park creators Trey Parker (left) and Matt Stone (AP)

A US college drop-out and Muslim convert who threatened the creators of the South Park animated TV series and then tried to join an al Qaida-linked terror group in Somalia has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.

Zachary Chesser of Bristow, Virginia, was sentenced at US District Court in Alexandria, Virginia.

Chesser pleaded guilty last year to supporting the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia and posting online threats against the South Park creators for an episode that he perceived as insulting to the prophet Muhammad.

Prosecutors sought the maximum sentence of 30 years. Chesser’s lawyers asked for a 20-year term.

Chesser said he had renounced violence and was sorry for his actions.

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