Mahmoud Shalash

Mahmoud Shalash (via Woodford County Detention Center)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Kentucky Islamic leader has been sentenced to two years in prison for his involvement in what police said was a murder-for-hire plot.

Mahmoud Shalash was sentenced after pleading guilty in January to conspiring to kidnap a man who owed him money.

The former imam of the Islamic Center of Lexington also was accused of trying to hire a hit man in May 2019, but that charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

Authorities had said that they discovered the plot because the person whom Shalash and another man tried to hire as a hit man was a confidential source for the FBI.

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