Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove, CA pled guilty to federal terrorism charges after attempting to contact Al-Qaeda and offering weapons training.
The guilty plea was due to a plea bargain reached with the prosecution but Nguyen still faces up to 15 years in prison.
Nguyen spent time fighting in Syria where he then offered himself to the terrorist group.
Yet, authorities claim he didn’t have particular weapons skills.
He was busted by an undercover FBI agent.
LOS ANGELES – A California man who used the Internet and Facebook to connect with Al Qaeda pleaded guilty Friday to a federal terrorism charge after admitting he attempted to assist Al Qaeda by providing weapons training, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
Sinh Vinh Ngo Nguyen, 24, of Garden Grove unexpectedly entered the plea before U.S. District Court Judge John F. Walter, who scheduled sentencing for March 21, prosecutors said in a statement. Reporters were not notified of his court appearance and were not present.
Nguyen faces a maximum of 15 years in federal prison.
Nguyen’s lawyer, Yasmin Cader, refused to comment on his decision, quickly hanging up the phone on a reporter, and U.S. Attorney’s spokesman Thom Mrozek said prosecutors also would have no comment.