Man Who Tried to Help ISIS Going to Prison

Man Who Tried to Help ISIS Going to Prison

( – Terrorism can take several forms. It can be a huge incident involving foreign actors like the September 11, 2001 attacks carried out by Islamic terrorists. It can involve American citizens like Tim McVeigh and Terry Nichols, who killed 168 people at the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building on April 19, 1995. Fortunately, in some instances, federal investigators can stop terrorist acts before they happen.

Officials from the Justice Department and FBI announced on April 9 that Illinois resident Edward Schimenti received 162 months in prison for conspiring to “provide material support… to ISIS ” and making false statements to the FBI.

Schimenti captured federal authorities’ attention after calling for “violent extremism” on his social media accounts. In 2015, FBI agents and informers started meeting with him. Then, in 2017, he supplied cell phones to one of the informants, believing the phones would be transported to Syria for use as explosive device detonators. FBI agents arrested him later that year, and a jury found him guilty in 2019.

Schimenti reportedly told the judge that he wasn’t a terrorist during his sentencing hearing, adding that he was “a big softie, a big teddy bear.” The court’s sentence of 13-1/2 years in federal prison indicated the judge didn’t accept his story.

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