Cuban national sentenced for providing support to ISIS

A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and an explosive device and attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Harlem Suarez, aka “Almlak Benitez,” 23, of Monroe County, Florida, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jose E. Martinez in Key West to life in prison for the weapon of mass destruction charge, plus a concurrent term of 20 years in prison for attempting to provide support to terrorists.

Suarez, a legal resident of the United States and citizen of Cuba, faced trial in April 2015. His Facebook posts containing extremist rhetoric and promotion of ISIS were introduced as evidence during the trial. According to further evidence, Suarez told an FBI informant that he intended to make a “timer bomb,” for which components had already been purchased.

Suarez intended to pack the bomb with galvanized nails, conceal it in a backpack, bury it at a public beach in Key West, and remotely detonate it using a cellular telephone.


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