Council Bluffs man says he was ‘not himself’ when he threatened shooting at Omaha Islamic center

By: - January 31, 2023 10:55 am

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LINCOLN — A Council Bluffs, Iowa, man has been ordered to be placed at a mental health treatment center as part of his sentence for threatening to shoot members of the Islamic Center of Omaha with an AK-47.

Senior U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon also sentenced the man to time served in detention (about 30 months) while awaiting sentencing.

Nolan Lee Al-Jaddou, 38, will be on federal supervision for three years while residing at the treatment facility, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Omaha.

At his sentencing hearing Monday, Al-Jaddou apologized to the Islamic Center and said he was “not himself” when he transmitted a threat from a motel in Council Bluffs on March 25, 2020.

He was identified in part due to an ankle monitor he was wearing  as part of an Iowa court sentence for harassing the Council Bluffs mayor.

The FBI and the Omaha Police Department investigated the case.

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Paul Hammel
Paul Hammel

Senior Reporter Paul Hammel has covered the Nebraska state government and the state for decades. Previously with the Omaha World-Herald, Lincoln Journal Star and Omaha Sun, he is a member of the Omaha Press Club's Hall of Fame. He grows hops, brews homemade beer, plays bass guitar and basically loves traveling and writing about the state. A native of Ralston, Nebraska, he is vice president of the John G. Neihardt Foundation.

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