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Ex-Metro Officer Sentenced for Attempting to Support ISIS

A former transit-agency police officer who was caught attempting to help the Islamic State has been sentenced.

Nicholas Young, 38, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison. 

Young was a patrol officer in the D.C. region's Metrorail system. He was known as "Officer Friendly" at the Takoma Park station where he was assigned. 

A federal jury convicted Young in December on multiple counts, including attempted material support of a terrorist group. 

Young purchased more than $200 in gift cards he believed would be used to purchase mobile-phone apps that the Islamic State could use to communicate securely. In reality, though, Young's Islamic State connection was an FBI informant. 

Young argued unsuccessfully at trial that he was entrapped. 

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