A Kansas City man who sympathized with Al-Qaida enough to send financial support has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.
Stockily built in an orange jail uniform, Khalid Ouazzani grew weak-kneed standing before Judge Howard Sachs and was briefly supported by a deputy U.S. Marshall.
Ouazzani had sent the U.S. District Judge an eight page typed letter of apology, professing self-disgust, saying he is not anti-American.
Three Kansas City men convicted in the 2008 arson-destruction of the popular Hereford House restaurant have 14 days to appeal their sentences. The terms range from 15 to 20 years.
Fifteen years are ordered for landmark-restaurant owner Rod Anderson, depicted at trial as suffering in the throes of financial failure and desperate for the fire insurance money.
There was trial evidence Anderson had tapped his children’s trust funds and his mother’s IRA, trying without success to stave off bankruptcy.
Kansas City’s anti-crime NOVA program was shifted into a higher gear today as federal prosecutors took charge of 61 grand jury indictments.
Kansas City’s fledgling “No Violence Alliance” will be getting an assist from an arena generally more feared by criminals than the local “law.”
Kansas City’s newest program to fight violent crime began today, aided by UMKC researchers, state and federal prosecutors, police and others. The launch coincided with a chilling set of deaths.
A fresh double-homicide in south-side Kansas City had detectives going to work, one hour before top crime fighters were gathering to describe the program, initially announced in May of 2012.
There had been 6 murders in the preceding 48 hours.
Into the mix comes the Kansas City No Violence Alliance or KC NoVA.