(ConservativeHub.com) – 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.
Illinois man who was trying to give phones to the Islamic State to use as detonators in Syria is jailed for 13 years https://t.co/rE0wl64uTP
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) April 11, 2021
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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