Al-Qaeda ally threatened South Park creators, gets day in court

Jun 22, 2012 at 12:21 p.m. ET

This is at least the second time in less than a year and a half that Americans with ties to some scary terrorist organizations have been charged with threatening the lives of South Park's creators. The threats stem from the animated sitcom's depiction of Muslim Prophet Muhammad in 2010.

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Matt Stone and Trey Parker have riled up everyone from Scientologists to the NAACP to the religious right. And South Park's depiction of the Prophet Muhammad riled up two men with ties to al-Qaeda and al-Shabaab so much that they threatened to kill the creative partners.

But it appears the comic duo can rest a little easier tonight, as Jesse Curtis Morton is to be sentenced Friday in Virginia.

The Muslim convert faces 12 years behind bars for threats he posted on the Revolution Muslim website.

Morton created the now-defunct website.

Based out of the Big Apple, Revolution Muslim is recognized as a radical Islamist organization.

The Associated Press reported earlier this year that Morton "admitted to using the site as an outlet for al-Qaida propaganda."

Another Muslim convert, Zachary Adam Chesser, was sentenced to 25 years behind bars for his "warning" to Parker and Stone that they would be killed over the show's "200" episode.

In that episode, aired during the series' 14th season, an animated Tom Cruise and other celebs ridiculed on the show throughout the years sue the residents of South Park.

The cartoon Cruise says the only way he'll drop the suit is if the residents can produce the Prophet Muhammad.

Chesser is getting more time behind bars than his Revolution Muslim ally, because he tried to aid al-Shabaab, going so far as to make plans to join them overseas, according to the AP.

A Somalia-based al-Qaeda affiliate, al-Shabaab has been responsible for its own reign of terror throughout portions of Africa.

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