A Minnesota man charged with threatening FBI agents on Twitter has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge and will avoid prison time.
Khaalid Abdulkadir, 19, was charged in December with a felony after prosecutors said he posted tweets that included the phrase "kill them FBI" following the arrest of his friend, Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame, who was charged with conspiring to help the Islamic State militant group.
On Tuesday, when his trial was expected to begin, Abdulkadir pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor threat, and as part of the plea agreement he was sentenced to three years probation, KARE 11's Lou Raguse tweeted.
Abdulkadir apologized in court, saying he's sorry for everything he did wrong, The Associated Press reports.
His probation includes GPS monitoring, drug testing, and no access or possession of any material with extremist views, the Star Tribune's Stephen Montemayor tweeted.
Abdulkadir would have been the first person in the Twin Cities to stand trial in an Islamic State-related case, the Star Tribune reports, and would have been one of the few online threat cases to go to trial nationwide.
Abdulkadir had been under FBI surveillance for more than a year prior to his arrest and his social media conversations were being monitored, MPR News reported. The criminal complaint against him said he had also been in contact with two other former Minneapolis men who authorities believe have become online recruiters for the terror group, reports said.