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Maryland man who planned ISIS attack in US gets 20 years in prison

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April 02, 2018

Mohamed Elshinawy, 32, was recently sentenced to 20 years in prison for plotting an ISIS attack on U.S. soil.

Elshinawy also faces 15 years of supervised release after prison, for conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS; for providing and attempting to provide material support to ISIS; for terrorism financing; and for making false statements in connection with a terrorism matter, U.S. District Judge Ellen L. Hollander said on Friday.

Elshinawy, from Edgewood, Maryland, entered into a plea agreement, admitting he knowingly collaborated with other individuals and offered support and resources to ISIS from February 2015 through about Dec. 11, 2015, in Maryland and in other locations.

Support and resources Elshinawy provided included personnel, services and financial services for ISIS. He also received $8,700 worth of payments from a United Kingdom company to help pay for a terrorist attack on U.S. soil by developing weaponized drones, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maryland.

Elshinawy, a U.S. national of Egyptian descent, admitted to pledging his allegiance to ISIS, his hopes to see ISIS rise to victory, and his willingness to relocate to the Islamic State.

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According to the plea agreement, Elshinawy attempted to get his brother to join ISIS, too.

Elshinawy’s sentence was announced by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John Demers, Acting U.S. Attorney Stephen Schenning of the District of Maryland, and Special Agent in Charge Gordon Johnson of the FBI’s Baltimore Office.

Elshinawy’s lawyer was unavailable to comment.