Defendants Sentenced in Federal Terrorism and Kidnapping Case

( – When authorities began investigating the case of a missing toddler in 2017, they didn’t expect what the probe would lead them to. A three-year-old boy, Abdul Ghani, was abducted from his mother’s home in Georgia and moved to a remote compound in Amalia, New Mexico, where he was used in a “sick end-of-times scheme.” He died months later. Law enforcement eventually arrested five suspects in the boy’s death and charged them with several offenses. A judge has now sentenced them.

On Wednesday, March 6, the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs announced that a federal judge sentenced four of the five defendants—Hujrah Wahhaj, Lucas Morton, Sabhanah Wahhaj, and Siraj Ibn Wahhaj—to life in prison. The prime suspect, Jany Leveille, entered a plea deal, pleading guilty to possession of a firearm while unlawfully in the US and conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. She was sentenced to 15 years in prison, after which time she’ll enter removal proceedings.

According to prosecutors, Leveille, a Haitian national, was the mastermind behind the scheme. She had the Wahhaj family bring the Ghani to New Mexico, where he died. She said he would be resurrected on Easter, and at that time, “he would lead the group to face society and kill those who did not join them.” The group at the compound built up their arsenal and ramped up training to prepare for the resurrection. Of course, Ghani did not resurrect on the holiday, at which time Leveille changed her story, saying he would reappear on his birthday or as Subhanah’s child, as she was pregnant at the time.

In August 2018, authorities breached the compound, which was described as being in dismal condition, and took the suspects into custody. They also rescued 11 malnourished children and seized firearms and ammunition.

After being delayed for years, the defendants finally went to trial, where they were found guilty on a myriad of charges, including conspiracy, kidnapping, and terrorism-related charges.

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