Author Archives: Walid Ahmed

US Dept. of Justice Sentencing Hearing Results

On March 26, 2018, Preston Q. Howard, 49, of Wright City, Missouri, entered a guilty plea before  Chief United States District Court Judge J. Randal Hall, to three charges of Obstruction of Persons in the Free Exercise of Religious Beliefs, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 247(a)(2). He faces up to 20 years in prison without the possibility of parole for each offense, and is subject to a sentencing enhancement because he chose his victims based on their religion, classifying his actions as hate crimes.

During the sentencing hearing Tuesday July 24, Mr. Howard,  was sentenced to two years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

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Editorial: Racist phone threats against Muslims bring just prison term

PRESTON HOWARD is currently incarcerated at FCI Forrest City, AR and is scheduled for release on September 10, 2019. The inmate is not eligible for parole.

U.S. Citizenship Preparation Course Offered

The Learn English for Living Foundation will be offering a citizenship preparation course beginning September 15 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. The classes are designed to help eligible immigrants pass the U.S. naturalization interview and examination. The 8-week Saturday afternoon course will be taught at The Islamic Community Center of Augusta, 1 Islamic Center Drive, Martinez, GA 30907.

The course focuses on learning U.S. history, government, and geography; understanding the rights and responsibilities of citizenship; preparing for the reading, writing, and speaking portions of the test; and getting ready for the interview.

In order to enroll, students must read, write and speak English at an intermediate level or higher. Prior to the course, students must take an English assessment test.

Students need to register for the course because enrollment is limited. To register or obtain more information, call 803-645-2059 or 706-284-7555 or email For information about the Learn English for Living Foundation, go

The cost of the course textbook is $40. The course is open to all immigrants eligible for citizenship.