A man from Suffolk, Virginia named Lionel Nelson Williams, 26, was arrested and charged Thursday with attempting to fund and provide material support to ISIS. In October to November 2016, Williams funded money to an individual associated with ISIS. He believed that person would be able to launder the money to Islamic State militants, enabling them to purchase weapons and ammunition.
According to Williams’ Facebook page, he is an ISIS advocate. Some of his posts are in support on attacks against police officers, military, and armed civilians. Following his arrest, police recovered an AK-47 and a semi-automatic handgun from his residence. He had purchased the AK-47 the very next day after the San Bernardino attacks in December 2015.
If convicted, Williams could face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison. The case will be handled at a federal courthouse in Norfolk, Virginia.
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