A former transit-agency police officer has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being convicted in a sting operation of attempting to help the Islamic State group.
Nicholas Young was a patrol officer in the D.C. region's Metrorail system. He was known as "Officer Friendly" at the Takoma Park station where he was assigned.
A federal jury convicted the 38-year-old Young in December on multiple counts, including attempted material support of a terrorist group.
Young purchased more than $200 in gift cards he believed would be used to purchase mobile-phone apps that the Islamic State could use to communicate securely. In reality, though, Young's Islamic State connection was an FBI informant.
At Friday's sentencing hearing, Young said he was prosecuted only after he refused an FBI offer to be an informant.