A Columbus, Ohio man pled guilty to accusations that he provided material to support the Islamic State, according to a Thursday statement from the U.S. Department of Justice.
Aaron Travis Daniels admitted that he tried to board an aircraft from Ohio to Libya in order to provide materials to support ISIS. Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF) agents arrested Daniels in November 2016, just before he got onto the flight, and a federal grand jury indicted him later that month.
“Identifying, thwarting and holding accountable individuals who attempt to provide material support to foreign terrorist organizations is a top priority of the Department of Justice,” acting U.S. Assistant Attorney General Dana Boente said in the DOJ’s statement.
Authorities say that Daniels wired $250 to an Islamic State operative in January 2016. Daniels told an informant that he was traveling to overseas to commit violence, and he now faces the maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court, based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. (RELATED: US Reveals ISIS Directly Orchestrated Foiled Homeland Attack On Soldier, Cops In Ohio)
“This case demonstrates how terrorist activities abroad can reach into our local communities,” the DOJ’s statement read. “Our office and agencies in the JTTF will continue to cooperate as we work to protect our national security.”
Daniels reached a plea deal in June, according to the Associated Press.
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