'American Taliban' Lindh being released after 17 years

The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan battlefield in November 2001 is being released from prison.

Posted: May 23, 2019 9:30 AM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — The California man who became known as the "American Taliban" after his battlefield capture in Afghanistan battlefield in November 2001 is being released from prison.

Thirty-eight-year-old John Walker Lindh has spent more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban. His status in the inmate registry changed from scheduled for release Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, to "unknown." His lawyer in Virginia, Bill Cummings, said "no comment, bye-bye" when asked if Lindh had been freed.

Lindh's plea deal called for a 20-year sentence, but he's getting out a few years early for good behavior.

His release has been opposed by the family of Mike Spann, who was killed in Afghanistan during an uprising of Taliban prisoners. Spann had interrogated Lindh shortly before the attack.

A judge recently imposed additional restrictions on Lindh's post-release supervision, including monitoring of his internet use.

Article Comments

West Lafayette
Scattered Clouds
73° wxIcon
Hi: 88° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 73°
Kokomo
Clear
71° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 71°
Rensselaer
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
Fowler
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 68°
Williamsport
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 70°
Crawfordsville
Overcast
70° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 68°
Feels Like: 70°
Frankfort
Overcast
73° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 73°
Delphi
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 87° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Monticello
Scattered Clouds
72° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: 72°
Logansport
Clear
68° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 68°
Isolated storms & patchy fog.
WLFI Radar
WLFI Temps
WLFI Planner

Community Events