Eric Harroun, the 31-year old U.S. Army vet who was arrested in March for fighting alongside Al-Qaeda in Syria is now a free man after accepting a plea deal. His arrest followed a report from the Daily Mail that Harroun had recently joined, Jabhat al-Nusra, a Syrian organization aimed at toppling Bashar Al-Assad that the U.S. has labeled a terrorist organization.
Harroun, denied the claim and said he was still fighting with the Free Syrian Army.
Also, prior to his arrest, it was reported by a pro-Assad group that he was killed in march. Harroun took took to Facebook to deny these reports as well, saying ” “Lol I was reported Dead! Show me the link. I never joined Al Nusra !!! I am FSA get it right,”
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia – A U.S. Army veteran accused of fighting alongside an al-Qaida-affiliated group of Syrian rebels is out of jail following a plea deal.
Thirty-one-year-old Eric Harroun had been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and faced up to life in prison.
But under a deal entered in federal court, Harroun pleaded guilty to an obscure law regulating munitions exports. He was sentenced to time served.
The plea agreement remains sealed, though court records show it was entered Thursday.
Harroun had been jailed since March.
Prosecutors first accused Harroun of fighting alongside the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusra, one of many Syrian rebel groups seeking to topple President Bashar Assad. But defense lawyers argued there was confusion about which rebel group Harroun had joined.