Feds: NY store owner who plotted to send jihadists to Syria pleads guilty

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

New York Pizza Shop Owner Pleads Guilty to Recruiting for ISIS.

Earlier today, the 31 year-old owner of a pizza shop in Rochester—one of the very first Americans to ever be accused of recruiting for ISIS—pleaded guilty in federal court. Even so, while the feds first got wind of Elfgeeh in 2013, it wasn’t until May of 2014 (when he bought two handguns with the intent of killing two returning U.S. soldiers) that he was finally arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force. Elfgeeh stated that a person who helps or sponsors a fighter to engage in violent jihad obtains the same religious rewards from Allah (God) as the fighter himself. The deal also notes that, while running the pizza shop, Elfgeeh took advantage of Twitter, WhatsApp, and a whopping 23 different Facebook accounts in an effort to “seek donations and declare his support for violent jihad and allegiance to the Islamic State and its leaders.” Under the agreement, Elfgeeh will be spending about 22-and-a-half years in prison, though he won’t be officially sentenced until March.

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