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Calif. Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join ISIL

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (CN) - A Central California man has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide support to ISIL, the Justice Department said Tuesday.

Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, was arrested in March 2014 en route to Canada with the intent to continue traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, commonly referred to as ISIL, the Justice Department said.

Federal prosecutors indicted the San Joaquin County man on one count of attempting to provide material support or resources to a terrorist organization, and he pleaded guilty to the single count without a plea agreement on Tuesday.

Teausant is scheduled to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge John Mendez of the Eastern District of California on March 8. He faces up to 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

"This case, like others in communities across the United States and around the world, is an example of how a young person from any place and any background might make the terrible decision to try and become part of a terrorist organization," U.S. Attorney Benjamin Wagner said. "Fortunately, the FBI intervened in this case before any harm could be inflicted upon innocent persons.

"We hope that this case will be a reminder to us all to stay vigilant and involved in the lives of our youth, and in particular with respect to the dangerous influences they may be subject to on the Internet where these organizations are very active."


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