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Michigan man gets 5 years in prison after talk of attacks

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DETROIT (AP) -

A Detroit-area man who talked about attacking a church and a hospital in the name of the Islamic State group has been sentenced to five years in prison.

Khalil Abu Rayyan wasn't charged with a terrorist act. But a federal judge said Thursday he couldn't ignore Rayyan's threats and infatuation with terrorism as he sentenced him for gun-related crimes.

The 23-year-old kept a beheading photo on his phone screen, talked about becoming a martyr and expressed support for the Islamic State group.

Rayyan apologized in court last week and said he didn't hurt anyone. He says he's a different man after spending more than a year in custody.

Judge George Caram Steeh says it's "too little, too late." The government had asked for eight years in prison.

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