A jihadist who committed fraud to buy a plane ticket so he could travel to join the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Nader Elhuzayel, 25, was found guilty of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization and 26 counts of bank fraud.
"There's no remorse, no repudiation of ISIL, only death and destruction," Judge David O. Carter told the court while pronouncing the ruling. "What is striking to this court is the fact you were willing to die.”
Carter said Elhuzayel would be supervised for the rest of his life even after his release.
Elhuzayel, born in the U.S., was arrested in May 2015 while attempting to board a flight from Los Angeles to Turkey, from where he intended to travel to join the Islamic State.
He tried to take a computer drive full of beheading photos and a “hit list” of names and addresses of U.S. Defense Department employees onto the plane in his carry-on luggage, according to federal prosecutors.
He communicated over social media with Elton Simpson, one of the jihadists responsible for a failed attack in Garland, Texas in 2015. He wrote to Simpson, “I love you for the sake of Allah brother may Allah grant you Jannat al ferdaus [paradise].”
Elhuzayel is reportedly featured in video pledging allegiance to the Islamic State. He also shared Twitter messages in support of the Islamic State and terrorism.
Co-defendant Muhanad Badawi, accused of purchasing Elhuzayel’s plane ticket and assisting him, will be sentenced on October 15 for conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and fraud.