Minn. man gets 3 years in Somali terror case

FILE - This combination of undated photos show Somali nationals, from left, Mahamud Said Omar, Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, Salah Osman Ahmed, and  Omer Abdi Mohamed. Nine people convicted in a government investigation of terror recruitment and financing for an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia are to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Authorities say more than 20 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabab since 2007(AP Photo/file)
FILE - This combination of undated photos show Somali nationals, from left, Mahamud Said Omar, Abdifatah Yusuf Isse, Salah Osman Ahmed, and Omer Abdi Mohamed. Nine people convicted in a government investigation of terror recruitment and financing for an al-Qaida-linked group in Somalia are to be sentenced in U.S. District Court in Minneapolis. Authorities say more than 20 young men have left Minnesota to join al-Shabab since 2007(AP Photo/file)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a Minneapolis man to three years in prison for briefly joining a terrorist group in Somalia.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis told Abdifatah Yusuf Isse on Tuesday that he was giving him a break for cooperating with the government's investigation, and for escaping from a terrorist training camp after spending six days there in 2007.

Isse pleaded guilty in 2009 to one count of providing material support to a terrorist organization. He had faced a maximum of 15 years in prison.

Three other men convicted in the government's investigation into recruiting for the group al-Shabab in Somalia are scheduled to be sentenced in federal court in Minneapolis on Tuesday.

Authorities say that since 2007, more than 20 young men left Minnesota to join al-Shabab.