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An Illinois man has been sentenced to 13.5 years in prison for allegedly conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.
According to the Department of Justice, 39-year-old Edward Schimenti of Zion was convicted by a federal jury in 2019 on one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS and one count of making false statements to the FBI.
The article goes on to state the following:
Joseph D. Jones, 39, of Zion was also convicted of a conspiracy charge and sentenced last month to 12 years in federal prison in connection to the plot.
The investigation on Schimenti began after he was pushing for violent extremism and supporting the terror group on his social media accounts.
According to Chicago Sun Times, one post said, “Islamic State will control your country, matter of fact, Islam will dominate the world!!” He also had the Islamic State flag on his Google account.
The two had a meeting with undercover agents who tried to gather information about the men but Schimenti was spooked and left the meeting.
Later, an undercover informant started a job with Schimenti’ and befriended him. After a couple of years working together, Schimenti allegedly gave a burner phone to the agent. He believed it was a detonating device for a bomb overseas that ISIS was going to use in an attack. Schimenti wanted the agent to fly to Syria with the phone and allegedly told him to “drench that land with they, they blood” before dropping him off for his flight.
According to the article, in court Schimenti told U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood before he was sentenced that he was “just a big teddy bear” and not a terrorist.
“I have a heart. I have feelings. I have emotions,” he added.
Reporter Andy Grimm tweeted Friday, “Zion man gets more than 13 years in prison for conspiracy to support Islamic State, telling informant ‘I want to see blood flowing.'”
— Andy Grimm (@agrimm34) April 9, 2021
— Andy Vermaut (@AndyVermaut) April 12, 2021
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