Imam Fawaz Damra, 42, of Strongsville, facing two months in prison and four months of house arrest, will be assigned inmate No. 39428-060 when he begins his sentence. A judge ordered him to surrender on Monday….
Damra was convicted in June of concealing ties to Afghan Refugee Services, the Islamic Committee for Palestine and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, groups the U.S. government classifies as terrorist organizations. He lost his citizenship with his conviction and could face deportation….
Damra had sought to delay his sentence until January to await the arrival of his wife’s parents from the Middle East. Damra said his wife is suffering from depression and cannot work to support their three children during his imprisonment.
Judge James S. Gwin rejected the delay. The government said the family’s net worth of $191,180, its positive monthly cash flow and limited details on Nasreen Damra’s health meant the imam should go behind bars as scheduled.