Lebanese American sentenced to 40 years over Hezbollah ties
A federal court in America's financial capital convicted him of eight allegations including conspiracy to use weapons in a violent crime.
Geoffrey Berman, attorney for the Southern District of New York, said the lengthy sentence sent an important message to Hezbollah, which the United States considers a terrorist organisation.
"If you are caught planning harm against this City and its residents, you will face justice and be held accountable," he said in a statement.
Born in Lebanon but naturalized by the United States in 2009, Kourani attended several Hezbollah training camps in his country of birth and took orders from agents of the Iran-backed organisation after his 2003 arrival in the United States.
Hezbollah was created by Iran in the early 1980s and has fought Israel for decades.