Inmate judge

Yahya Farooq Mohammad allegedly told an inmate at the Lucas County, Ohio jail that he was willing to pay $15,000 to have U.S. District Court Judge Jack Zouhary killed. (Lucas County Sheriff Department photo)

TOLEDO, Ohio — A defense attorney says an Indian citizen jailed on terrorism charges was drawn into a plot to kill a federal judge in Ohio by another inmate attempting to reduce his own sentence.

Pre-sentencing court documents filed this week by the defense say the other inmate pretended to show an interest in Islam and then concocted the scheme against the judge.

Defendant Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, pleaded guilty this summer to supporting terrorism and trying to arrange the killing of a federal judge in Toledo overseeing his case.

His attorney says that even though the other inmate invented the plan against the judge, tape recordings of those discussions made a defense highly risky and improbable.

The prosecutors and defense agreed to a plea deal for Mohammad that calls for a 27-year sentence.

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