Laith Alebbini admits he tried to travel to Syria to meet with the Islamic State group, also called ISIS, but he says he only did it because he wanted to fight Syria’s Bashar al-Assad and help the Syrian people.
Now, he is trying to avoid decades in prison.
Alebbini was arrested in April 2017 at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. He’s been in jail ever since.
In December, the Dayton, Ohio man pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist group.