A U.S. District judge sentenced a Texas couple to prison for lying to the FBI about their adult sons’ involvement with the Islamic State in Syria.
District Judge Marcia A. Crone in Plano, Texas, handed down one year in prison to Mohommad Ali, 57, and 30 months to his wife, Sumaiya Ali, 49, in back-to-back hearings on Tuesday, the Dallas Morning News reported.
Prosecutors said the couple’s sons, Arman Ali, 27, and Omar Ali, 26, traveled to Syria in late 2014 where they joined to fight with the Islamic State.
In February 2014, Sumaiya texted her younger son, “Do what u need to do.” Omar responded, “[O]k then going to Syria it is,” according to court documents.
And Mohommad told them “his sons were peaceful, liked to study,” court documents stated.