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Apr 17, 2:52 PM EDT

Iraqi convicted in terror case wants conviction thrown out


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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An Iraqi man convicted of terrorism charges in Kentucky is asking a federal judge to change his conviction and prison sentence because he says he was misrepresented by his court-appointed attorney.

Mohanad Shareef Hammadi pleaded guilty in 2012 to being involved in a plot to send weapons to al-Qaida in Iraq. Hammadi says in a motion filed last month that he was pressured into pleading guilty to a dozen charges and was told by his attorney, James Earhart, he would not get a life sentence. He is asking a judge to throw out or correct the sentence.

A co-defendant in the case, Waad Ramadan Alwan, is serving 40 years. The pair was working with an FBI informant.

A phone message left for Earhart was not immediately returned.

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