On this day in 2002 John Walker Lindh the American Taliban was returned to the United States in FBI custody. John Walker Lindh was an American who was captured in Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban in November 2001. He was 20 years old at the time. While in prison he took part in the Battle of Qali-i-Jangi, a violent uprising of the Taliban prisoners in which Mike Spann a CIA officer was killed, together with all but 86 of the estimated 300-500 prisoners. Johnny Walker Lindh was brought to trial in United States federal court in February 2002. He accepted a plea bargain. He pleaded guilty to two charges and was sentenced to 20 years in prison without parole.
Johnny Walker Lindh had converted to Islam at the age of 16. He went to Yeman to study in 1998 and returned to aid fighters in Afghanistan in 2000. He is currently serving out his sentence at the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Indiana. His scheduled release date is May 23rd, 2019.