Texas man pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS

Texas man pleads guilty to attempting to support ISIS
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A Texas man has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday.

Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, 20, from Houston, attempted to join and support the terrorist group by providing information to other ISIS supporters about the use of machetes and information about the homemade construction of automatic weapons and explosive materials, the DOJ said.

His sentencing is set for Sept. 30 and he faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $250,000. 

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The DOJ said Damlarkaya conversed online with ISIS supporters from August 2017 until his arrest in December 2017 and outlined intentions to fight for ISIS in Syria or Afghanistan.

Damlarkaya said he would conduct an attack on non-Muslims in the U.S. if he was unable to join ISIS overseas, saying it was his "dream" to be a martyr, according to federal prosecutors.

Damlarkaya also said he slept with a machete under his pillow in case law enforcement raided his house, according to DOJ. Prosecutors said federal agents found a machete by Damlarkaya's bed when he was arrested.