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Rochester Women Sentenced on Terror Charges

Posted at: 05/16/2013 7:32 PM
Updated at: 05/16/2013 7:33 PM
By: James Wilcox

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Two Rochester women will spend a combined thirty years in federal prison for helping an overseas terror group.

36-year-old Amina Farah Ali was sentenced to twenty years. She'd been convicted on thirteen counts. 66-year-old Hawo Mohamed Hassan was sentenced to ten years. She'd been convicted on three counts, including two charges of making false statements to authorities.

Prosecutors say the women went door-to-door raising money in the name of charity, but routed the funds to the terror group Al-Shabab. They were indicted in July of 2010 and convicted in October of 2011.

Following their release from prison the women will be supervised for life. They are both naturalized U-S. citizens from Somalia.