Posted: April 20th, 2017, 11:49am EDT
Florida resident Harlem Suarez was sentenced to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction obtained from undercover federal agents, and for providing material support to Islamic State. "The offense is such a serious offense that people need to know that you can't do that," Judge Martinez said in the Key West district court after an hour-long sentencing hearing, imposing the life sentence on Tuesday, according to the Miami Herald. "He was talking the talk. He was walking the walk and was in possession of what he thought was a weapon of mass destruction," added the judge. Suarez's lawyer had asked for a more lenient sentence but Judge Martinez agreed with prosecutors that Suarez should get the maximum term. The 25-year-old was convicted at a trial on January 27 of buying a bomb and plotting to blow up a Florida Keys beach, in allegiance to Islamic State (IS formerly ISIS/ISIL).