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Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Threats to the Islamic Center

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Nebraska

United States Attorney Steven Russell announced that Nolan Lee Al-Jaddou, 38, of Council Bluffs, Iowa, was sentenced today in Omaha, Nebraska, for transmitting a threat to shoot members of the Islamic Center of Omaha. Senior United States District Judge Joseph F. Bataillon sentenced Al-Jaddou to time served (approximately 30 months of imprisonment) to be followed by placement at a mental health treatment center.  Al-Jaddou has been in federal custody since his arrest. Al-Jaddou will be on federal supervision for three years from the date of today’s sentencing and while residing at the treatment facility.  At sentencing, Al-Jaddou expressed his apologies to the Islamic Center of Omaha and stated that he was “not himself” when he made the threat.

Investigation revealed that Al-Jaddou made a threat to the Islamic Center from a motel in Council Bluffs on March 25, 2020. He threatened to shoot the members with an AK-47. Al-Jaddou was identified in part due to an ankle monitor that he was ordered to wear on the date of the threat following his state sentence in Iowa for harassing the mayor of Council Bluffs.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Omaha Police Department.


Michael Norris - Criminal Chief (402) 661-3700

Updated February 2, 2023