TX Man Gets 82 Months for Trying to Join ISIL

     (CN) – A Texas man has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for attempting to get to Syria to join ISIL, the Justice Department said Friday.
     Michael Todd Wolfe aka Faruq, 24, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization in June 2014.
     Federal prosecutors said the Austin resident spent nearly a year planning to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, better known as ISIL. He got a U.S. passport, engaged in physical-fitness and military training and purchased plane tickets to Europe via Canada and Iceland.
     Unbeknownst to Wolfe, the man he planned to meet in Europe who he believed would lead him to Turkey and eventually Syria was actually an undercover FBI agent, the Justice Department said.
     Federal agents arrested Wolfe in Houston as he was boarding a flight to Canada. He has been in federal custody since his arrest.
     U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks, of the Western District of Texas, handed down the sentence.

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