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Man who recruited for ISIS to be sentenced

Posted at 7:32 AM, Mar 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-17 09:25:48-04

A New York pizza shop owner who admitted he tried to recruit people for the Islamic State group is facing sentencing.

Prosecutors are expected to recommend a 22 and a half year prison term for Mufid Elfgeeh when he appears Thursday in federal court in Rochester.

Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in December to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Authorities say he tried to recruit three people to join the Islamic State group to fight in Syria. He was operating a convenience store and pizza shop in Rochester at the time.

Pre-sentencing court filings show that since his 2014 arrest, Elfgeeh has met with the FBI and prosecutors and renounced the Islamic State and its methods.

Elfgeeh was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen.