North Carolina Man Convicted for ISIS North America Plot

Justin Sullivan
Justin Sullivan

A North Carolina man who plotted to kill hundreds of people in an ISIS terror plot has been sentenced to life imprisonment.

Justin Nojan Sullivan, 21, “planned to carry out his attack in the following few days at a concert, bar or club where he believed that as many as 1,000 people could be killed using the assault rifle and silencer,” according to a federal indictment.

The attack would have been similarly to the attack on the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, which killed 49 people.

Court documents say he was planning to unveil an “Islamic State of North America” with his attack.

Justin was reported by his father in 2015, when Rich Sullivan, a retired marine, telephoned the FBI to inform them about his son’s possible Islamic State sympathies. Shortly afterwards, Justin offered money to an undercover agent he believed was an Islamic State sympathizer to kill his parents to prevent them from thwarting his plans.

Justin still faces a separate trial for the murder of 74-year-old John Bailey Clarke, his neighbor, whom he is accused of shooting. If convicted, he faces the death penalty.

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Elliot Friedland
Elliot Friedland is a research fellow at Clarion Project.

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