“The teen was “wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs…”
His Islamic beliefs. via South Carolina Teen Plotting To Join ISIS And Kill American Soldiers Sentenced To Prison On Gun Charges.
A South Carolina teenager, who authorities believe wanted to join the Islamic State group, was sentenced to five years in prison on gun charges, a prosecutor said Tuesday. The 16-year-old, whose name was not revealed, reportedly plotted to kill U.S. troops in North Carolina to avenge the U.S.-led coalition’s military action against ISIS in Syria.
The teen, whose family is reportedly from Syria, had plotted, with a Muslim militant from North Carolina, to rob a gun store near Raleigh, North Carolina, and attack a U.S. military base, before traveling to Syria. However, prosecutors could only charge the boy with possession of a weapon by a minor because South Carolina does not have a terrorism law, York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett said, according to the Associated Press.
The teen was “wholeheartedly sincere in his beliefs, and we are very concerned for the safety of the community and the country,” Brackett reportedly said. “He had a plan to randomly shoot American soldiers.” He was “seduced by the radical ideology known in the Middle East as ISIS. He wanted to join,” Brackett added.
Local police reportedly went to the teenager’s house in February after receiving reports that he had a gun, and later found the firearm, ammunition and a rifle. Investigators also found an ISIS flag during the search, local news network WBTV reported.
The teen, an American citizen whose family is from Syria, wanted to join the terror organization and was scheming with a Muslim militant from North Carolina to rob a gun store near Raleigh, with plans of killing soldiers in retribution for American military action in the Middle East.
And Obama is importing thousands of Syrian Muslims to the U.S. without proper vetting.
After police found the boy with the gun in February, he admitted to York police detectives and FBI agents that through social media, the teen was part of a multi-state plot to kill troops because of the American presence in the Middle East. ISIS espouses the killing of Americans and American sympathizers and targets and recruits young Muslims all over the world.
The teen first told police he bought the gun for safety after the death of his father, but police searched his home and found the ISIS-related materials on his computer.
The boy later admitted that his plan was to arm himself and join fighters in Syria after he and the other man – charged in North Carolina but not named in court – robbed the store to get automatic weapons to gun down troops at one of many military bases in central and eastern North Carolina. That plot was stopped before it was ever set in motion, prosecutors said.
Family Court Judge Michael Holt of Darlington County imposed the maximum sentence allowed under state law for juveniles, meaning the boy will be in juvenile prison until he turns 21. If he shows changes in behavior, he could be eligible for early release.
Holt praised the teen for pleading guilty and cooperating with police, saying “you manned up.” He said he “regretfully” sentenced the teen to the harshest sentence because of the severity of the crime and the plot to kill Americans at home and abroad.
“You live in the greatest country on earth,” where no one is persecuted and murdered without consequence, as in Syria, the judge told the teen. “You have a wonderful life.”
Holt said the teen allowed militants to subvert his mind.
“You are better than that,” he said. “Your faith is better than that.
“The life you were talking about is a life of death.”
A common refrain in Islam is “we love death more than you love life.” So exactly what evidence does Judge Holt have that the teen’s Muslim faith is “better than that?”
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