Calif. man sentenced to 12 years in prison for trying to join ISIS
A U.S. District Judge on Tuesday sentenced a California man to 12 years in prison for trying to provide material support or resources to the notorious terrorist organization ISIS, the Sacramento branch of U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.
Nicholas Teausant, a 22-year-old resident of Acampo, Calif., attempted to enter Canada so that he could eventually move to the Mideast to help ISIS wage “holy” war. Acting U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Talbert described his conduct as ‘misguided and unacceptable’.
He exposed his interest in joining ISIS through social media. He posted his controversial comments under an alias on Instagram.
In one posting, he wrote, “Don’t get me wrong I despise america and want its downfall but yeah haha. I been part of the army for two years now and I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start.”
According to federal prosecutors, he had enlisted with the National Guard. However, he failed to maintain the academic qualifications that were necessary to attend basic training
Teausant, who studied at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, arrested on March 17, 2014, in Blaine, Washington, when he was trying to cross the U.S.-Canada border. He pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS in December 2015. After completing his prison term, he will be placed on 25 years of supervised release.
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