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OH man gets 6 years in prison for trying to support ISIS

An ISIS fighter carries the Islamic State flag. (Wikipedia/Released)
July 09, 2018

A Columbus, Ohio man has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for attempting to provide material to support ISIS.

Aaron Travis Daniels, 21, also known as Harun Muhammad, or Abu Yusef, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 80 months in prison.

Court documents stated that Daniels met with an ISIS recruiter in December 2015 and sent funds to ISIS in order to “show his worth” to an ISIS recruiter, NBC4 reported.

Daniels was arrested on Nov. 7, 2016, by Columbus Joint Terrorism Task Force agents as he was trying to leave Columbus and head to Libya to join ISIS.

Daniels pleaded guilty on July 6, 2017, to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS. A federal grand jury indicted him on Nov. 10, 2016.

The government requested that Daniels remain under lifetime court supervision upon his release from prison, and the court obliged.

Daniels will also receive ongoing mental health treatment upon release from prison, will be prohibited from using alcohol or controlled substances, cannot travel internationally, and has no access to the internet without court approval.

The court also ordered that Daniels be subject to search at any time without probable cause while on supervised release.

Daniels has been in custody since his arrest.

“One of a terrorist organization’s most valuable and dangerous assets is having control over a person willing to support and advance terrorism in the United States. Our office and agencies in the JTTF will continue to cooperate as we work to protect our national security,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said.