A local man was arraigned in federal court Monday on new charges that he made false statements to the FBI in the international terrorism investigation of his brother, a San Diego man believed killed while fighting with the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria.
Marchello Dsaun McCain, 33, remains held without bond. A second superseding indictment was unsealed in court today charging him with being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition, felon in possession of body armor and making false statements involving international terrorism.
According to the indictment, Marchello McCain made false statements to the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force about his knowledge of his brother Douglas McCain’s travel to Syria and the use of a credit card to purchase Douglas’ airline tickets from the United States to Turkey, a transit point for people traveling to Syria.
On Aug. 26, 2014, several media outlets reported that Douglas McCain had been killed in Syria fighting for ISIL (also known as ISIS) in a battle against the Free Syrian Army.
Marchello McCain was arrested in January and charged with possession of firearms and ammunition by a felon.
More counts were added in a superseding indictment in March.
Douglas McCain, who was born in Chicago and raised in Minnesota before living in San Diego, was killed in August 2014 while fighting for ISIS in Syria against the Western-backed Free Syrian Army, according to the National Security Council.
Douglas McCain attended San Diego City College, worked in a local restaurant, and was an aspiring rap singer. On a website, he left the message “It’s Islam Over Everything” and included a speech by a leader of the so-called Islamic State.