A federal judge this week sentenced a University of Houston student to 18 months in prison followed by five years of supervision for attempting to join ISIS.
Federal authorities had asked for more than 20 years in prison for Asher Abid Khan, 23, but U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes said he has potential to be rehabilitated.
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Khan, who is a U.S. citizen, claimed that he felt torn between American and Pakistani culture, which made him vulnerable to the online propaganda about ISIS, a local ABC affiliate reported.
According to officials, Khan planned to meet a friend in 2014, near the border of Syria.
Khan made it to Turkey and returned to Houston without following through with his original plan.
Khan did assist his friend in ISIS recruitment and also fronted money to cover the expenses.