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Uzbek man convicted of terror charges drops appeal

Here’s a news item from the Associated Press: BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Uzbek refugee sentenced to 25 years in prison after being convicted of a plan to kill military personnel or civilians in Idaho has dropped an appeal of his conviction and sentence in exchange for dismissal of bomb-making charges in Utah. The Idaho Statesman reports that the deal also includes prosecutors in Idaho dropping their appeal that 33-year-old Fazliddin Kurbanov's 25-year sentence isn't long enough. A federal court judge in Boise sentenced Kurbanov in January following his August conviction on charges of conspiracy, attempting to support a terrorist organization and possession of bomb-making components. A Utah grand jury in May 2013 indicted Kurbanov on charges of providing instruction on the construction and use of an improvised explosive device. Kurbanov could have faced an additional 20 years in prison if convicted of that count; that case was put on hold while proceedings in Idaho moved forward. Chuck Peterson, Kurbanov's attorney, declined to comment.

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Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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