Eric Harroun, Phoenix Vet Who Fought Syrian Regime, Now Back in Phoenix
|Eric Harroun (right).|
Phoenix native Eric Harroun is back in the Valley after taking a plea deal on weapons charges, although he'd been facing a possible sentence of life in prison after the Justice Department accused him of fighting in Syria on behalf of Al-Qaeda.
After the sudden plea deal that called for hardly any punishment, it seems that he doesn't know the reason for the deal, either.
Then again, he thought he never should have been arrested in the first place.
-Eric Harroun Suddenly Gets a Sweet Plea Deal
Harroun did a couple of interviews with local TV stations after returning home, and gave no indication as to why the previous charges against him, supporting a terrorist organization and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction, were dropped.
Nearly all of the relevant documents in the case surrounding the new plea agreement are sealed, but federal court records indicate they will only be sealed for a few months.
It certainly seems strange, as just months ago, the Justice Department painted Harroun as a terrorist -- this was before politicians like President Obama and Senator John McCain started calling for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Harroun, an Army veteran, was arrested for fighting that same regime.
In 12 News' segment on Harroun, they got an opinion from journalist Robert Pelton, who has a pretty solid understanding of conflicts in the Middle East, suspected it would be "a little embarrassing" for the government to continue prosecuting Harroun, given what the American public now knows about the conflict in Syria.