Zachary Adam Chesser

Zachary Adam Chesser
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Mugshot of Chesser
Born (1989-12-22) December 22, 1989 (age 29)
Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
Other namesAbu Talhah al-Amrikee
OccupationUnemployed (student); propagandist, and blogger for militant Islamist movement
Criminal statusIncarcerated at ADX Florence[1]
Spouse(s)Proscovia Nzabanita
Conviction(s)Providing material support to al-Shabaab, a terrorist organization
Criminal penaltyImprisonment of 25 years

Zachary Adam Chesser (born December 22, 1989) is an American convicted in 2010 for aiding al-Shabaab, which is aligned with al-Qaeda, and has been designated a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. After pleading guilty, Chesser was sentenced in federal court on February 24, 2011 to 25 years in prison.

Early life and marriage

Chesser was born in Charlottesville, Virginia[2] to Barbara Katenbrink Chesser, a lawyer and prosecutor, and David Chesser.[3][4] His parents divorced.[3] Chesser moved to Fairfax County, Northern Virginia by the time he was in middle school.

He was selected for the Gifted and Talented program at Kilmer Middle School.[5] He graduated from Oakton High School in 2008. Chesser was known as an athlete, participating in the Oakton's football, basketball and crew teams. His yearbook profile said: "As the only Caucasian member of the break-dancing club, senior Chesser was not intimidated by being the only non-Asian."[6]

After high school, in 2008, Chesser enrolled at George Mason University in Fairfax County, Virginia, dropping out after one semester. In 2009, he married Proscovia Nzabanita, a Ugandan Muslim woman, and they had a son, Talhah.[6] (Nzabanita's mother Cecilia is Roman Catholic.)[7][8] Since Chesser's incarceration, his mother Barbara and Barbara's life partner Stacy Anderson, also a lawyer, have had custody of his son against Chesser and Nzabanita's wishes. His wife Nzabanita was deported from the United States.[7][8][9][10]

He worked briefly as a caretaker at the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax.[5]

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