NEWARK, N.J. — An ISIS sympathizer who says he was on a "jihad" to avenge U.S. policy in the Middle East was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for killing a New Jersey college student.
Ali Muhammad Brown was sentenced in Newark to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the 2014 killing of 19-year-old Brendan Tevlin.
The sentencing came after Brown rambled about being a human being for some six minutes. During the rant, he apologized.
“I apologize to his parents ... as a human being ... please forgive me, as a human being I know I made a mistake I killed someone," Brown said.
Sixty to 80 of family members and friends of Tevlin's filled the courtroom Tuesday. His mother, sister and grandfather were among 12 who spoke.
The state also read statements from friends and family who couldn’t be at the sentencing.
Brown has admitted shooting Tevlin in 2014 as the teen sat in his car at a traffic light in West Orange, a few miles from Newark.
The night of Tevlin’s murder, Brown was in New Jersey to collect a passport before heading to Syria to join ISIS. He was radicalized online. Brown hid in the bushes before approaching Tevlin’s car at a red light, ultimately shooting him 16 times at point-blank range then driving his body to a large apartment complex to put him on display.
Brown has also acknowledged killing three men in Washington state.
The former Seattle resident pleaded guilty in March to multiple charges, including murder, robbery and terrorism. He was the first person charged with terrorism connected to a homicide under a New Jersey law. He has yet to make a plea in the Washington cases.
Watch the sentencing: