November 09, 2017 08:00 PM
Abdullahi Yusuf, a Minnesota man convicted in 2015 of terrorism-related charges, has been released from a halfway house.
In ordering his release in a Thursday hearing at the federal courthouse in downtown Minneapolis, Judge Michael Davis asked Yusuf if he was prepared to be ostracized by a portion of his community, to which Yusuf responded, "Yes." Yusuf will return to his parents' home in Burnsville.
Yusuf pleaded guilty in February 2015 to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The prosecution at the time recommended 42 months in prison. He was sentenced to time served, 20 years supervised probation and placed in a halfway house.
Yusuf was found in violation of his supervised release in May when he admitted to probation officers he had watched a CNN documentary on the Islamic State at the halfway house, despite the terms of his probation requiring him to "not possess, view, access, or otherwise use material that reflects extremist or terroristic views."
The conditions of his probation were unchanged following the violation, and he was ordered to return to the halfway house.
His probation officer said at Thursday's hearing Yusuf had been a role model in the halfway house, that he is opening up more and becoming comfortable in his own skin. His father, Sadiik, said his son had changed "100 percent …. We're just glad to see our son again and we'll be ready to help him."
Josh Rosenthal and Michael Oakes
Updated: November 09, 2017 08:00 PM
Created: November 09, 2017 11:20 AM
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