Man caught in July 4 terror plot sting sentenced to prison

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio man who thought he was working with members of the al-Qaida terrorist group to plot a July 4 attack in downtown Cleveland has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison. Demetrius Pitts, of Maple Heights, pleaded guilty in November to attempting to provide support to a terrorist group and for threats against President Donald Trump and his family. He was sentenced Tuesday in Cleveland. Authorities say Pitts met with an undercover FBI agent posing as an al-Qaida operative in 2018 to discuss plans for a vehicle bombing during Fourth of July fireworks.

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