Columbus man pleads guilty to 2015 terrorism charges

FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office shows Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud. (AP Photo/Franklin County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Federal court records unsealed Thursday reveal that Abdirahaman Sheik Mohamud, 25, of Columbus, pleaded guilty to multiple charges in a terrorism case.

Mohamud was charged in 2015 after a federal investigation found that he had received terrorism training in Syria and returned to the United States to carry out an act of terror.

Newly unsealed court documents show that Mohamud pled guilty in August 2015 to charges of providing material support to terrorists and a terrorist organization and a charge of lying to the FBI. The guilty plea was kept under seal while investigators continued to investigate.

Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said Mohamud was getting closer to carrying out his plot.

“He had recruited and was actively engaged in a conspiracy to kidnap some officials,” O’Brien said.

Evidence in the case showed that Mohamud’s plot was to obtain weapons in order to kidnap and kill military officers execution style.

Mohamud was born in Somalia and came to the United States at the age of two. He attended Whitehall schools and became a naturalized citizen in 2014.

“Stopping foreign fighters who support terrorists and those who want to do harm in the United States is a top priority of the Department,” said Ben Glassman, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio. “If you see something, say something is the best advice for the public who want to help combat terrorism.”

Mohamud is expected to be sentenced on the federal charges later this summer. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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