Judge Sentences Would-Be Suicide Bomber

Shaker Masri plotted to attend a Somalia training camp to become a suicide bomber for terrorist groups al-Qaida and al-Shabab

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    This undated photo provided by the U.S. Marshals Service shows Shaker Masri, of Chicago.

    A federal court sentenced a Chicago man to nearly 10 years in prison Tuesday for attempting to help a foreign terrorist organization.

    Shaker Masri, 29, pleaded guilty in July. He had planned to travel to Somalia in 2010 to engage in jihadist fighting, and was trying to provide material support to the al-Shabaab organization.

    Masri is a U.S. citizen and former Gold Coast resident.

    Under the plea deal, he must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence, but will be on supervised released for 20 years after he's released.

    Masri told an associate -- who turned out to be an informant -- that he intended to volunteer for a suicide mission.