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Plea innocent in terror case

Base-plot suspect ‘a normal 23-year-old,’ his attorney says

By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS The Associated Press

This article was originally published April 18, 2015 at 2:35 a.m. Updated April 18, 2015 at 2:35 a.m.

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In this Feb. 25, 2015 file photo, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, left, speaks with his defense attorney, Sam Shamansky, during a hearing to set bond on charges of money laundering and providing support for terrorism in Columbus, Ohio. A Thursday, April 16 indictment says Mohamud left the country a year ago to train and fight with terrorists in Syria. The indictment says Mohamud, who was arrested in Columbus earlier this year, weighed which extremist group in Syria was more effective before his travels.

A man described by his attorney as "a normal 23-year-old kid" pleaded innocent Friday to charges he traveled to Syria and trained alongside terrorists, then returned to the U.S. with plans to attack a military base or a prison.

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