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    For helping the terrorist group, a York County native was sentenced to more than 3 years. York County native s aid to Hamas costly By NICHOLE DOBO Daily
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 5, 2008
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      For helping the "terrorist" group, a York County native was
      sentenced to more than 3 years.

      York County native's aid to Hamas costly
      Daily Record/Sunday News

      A 33-year-old York County native was sentenced Thursday morning to
      prison for aiding a group the United States designated as a
      terrorist organization.

      Richard David Hupper, originally from York Township, was sentenced
      to 3 and a half years in federal prison for aiding Hamas, a
      Palestinian military and political organization.

      Hupper faced up to 15 years in prison. He admitted to giving about
      $20,000 to Hamas while working in Israel with the International
      Solidarity Movement, a non-governmental organization.

      The prison sentence will begin after Hupper finishes a prison term
      for a related passport fraud charge, said Neal Lewis, Hupper's
      Florida-based defense attorney. That sentence is to end in November.

      The new sentence, handed down by a federal judge in the Southern
      District of Florida, was not a surprise to Hupper, Lewis said. The
      defense attorney had asked for home confinement.

      "I think he was pretty well aware what the sentence was going to
      be," Lewis said of Hupper.

      In the courtroom for Hupper's sentencing was his father, former
      Southern York County Supt. Richard Hupper, Lewis said.

      There is hope Hupper will be sent to a North Carolina prison because
      he is in need of specialized surgery for a back problem, Lewis said.
      After that, it's possible Hupper would be sent to finish his prison
      term in a prison closer to York, but that is up to federal
      authorities, Lewis said.

      Hupper, a Dallastown Area High School graduate, became involved
      with the conflict in the Middle East after watching international
      newscasts. The machinist watched the TV shows while recovering from
      a work-related injury at his Alabama home, his lawyer has said.
      Hupper traveled to the Gaza Strip, where he worked with the
      International Solidarity Movement to aid Palestinians, according to
      court documents. He was eventually deported by Israeli authorities,
      according to court documents.

      In an attempt to return to Israel, Hupper applied for a passport in
      Florida using false information, according to court documents. He
      pleaded guilty to passport fraud charges more than two years ago. He
      is finishing his 24-month federal prison sentence for those charges.

      ndobo @ ydr.com; 771-2032


      ยท Richard David Hupper, known by family and friends as David, was
      charged in May with aiding Hamas, a Palestinian group the United
      States has designated as a terrorist organization.

      The York County native faced up to 15 years in prison for the
      charges, but friends and family asked the judge for a lighter



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