(Reuters) - A Massachusetts man convicted of supporting al Qaeda was sentenced to more than 17 years in prison at a court appearance on Thursday in which he shouted "You're a liar!" at the prosecutor.
Tarek Mehanna, 29, was found guilty in December on all seven charges against him, including "providing material support to terrorists," conspiracy to kill in a foreign country and lying to law enforcement officers.
But Mehanna, a U.S. citizen from Sudbury, a Boston suburb, maintained his innocence at his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday, telling the judge he "never plotted to kill Americans at shopping malls or anywhere else."
Prosecutors said Mehanna, who holds a doctorate from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, answered a call to action from Osama bin Laden to fight U.S. soldiers.