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Texas jury convicts Pakistani man of conspiring to support Taliban

By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Department Producer
  • Adnan Mirza was found guilty on two conspiracy counts, other firearms counts
  • He had entered the United States on a student visa, was enrolled at small college
  • He had engaged in firearms practice sessions, Justice Department says
  • Sentencing to be in September
  • Texas
  • The Taliban
  • Pakistan

(CNN) -- A Pakistani man faces a lengthy prison sentence after a federal jury in Houston, Texas, found him guilty of conspiring to provide support and funds to the Taliban.

Adnan Mirza, 33, was also found guilty Thursday night of seven firearm counts relating to what U.S. Attorney Jose Moreno said was firearms training near Houston "to prepare for jihad."

The Justice Department said Mirza and was enrolled at a community college at the time of his offenses in 2005 and 2006.

"Mirza and others engaged in weekend camping/training and practice sessions with firearms on six different occasions beginning in May 2006, at a location on the north side of Houston to prepare for jihad," Moreno said.

Sentencing was set for September 10.

Mirza faces a maximum sentence of five years for conspiracy to provide funds to the Taliban, five years for conspiracy to unlawfully possess firearms, and up to 10 years for each of the seven counts of unlawful possession by an alien of firearms or ammunition. The penalties also carry potential total fines of more than a million dollars.