Tuesday, investigators revealed in the court hearing for Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooter, Esteban Santiago, startling information about the man’s online activity.
Santiago himself admitted that he had been “on the dark web” communicating in “jihadi chat rooms,” with ISIS terrorists and associates, before the Jan. 6 shooting that left five people dead.
The 26-year-old Iraqi war veteran from Alaska was in attendance at his detention hearing for the terroristic act, though he has not been officially charged. In the meantime during the trial process, U.S. Magistrate Judge Lurana Snow ruled that Santiago will remain jailed until a verdict is reached.
“Much of the danger to the community [he presents] is on camera,” Judge Snow said of the criminal, who is also placed on suicide watch. “He’s facing either the death penalty or life if prison so he has no incentive to appear [in court, if released].”
Santiago’s conviction may land him the death penalty or life in federal prison. His next expected court appearance is Jan. 30. More details on the airport shooting can be read here.
H/T: Sun Sentinal
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