Texas Man Pleads Guilty To Trying To Support ISIS

Kelli Wiese
July 08, 2019 - 2:31 pm
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Prosecutors say 20 year old Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya of Houston, Texas wanted to travel overseas and fight for the Islamic State Group in Syria or Afghanistan.

They say he claimed if he was unsuccessful in joining ISIS overseas that he would conduct an attack on non-Muslims in the United States and that it was his dream to be a martyr.

In 2017, agents say he shared information on ways to manufacture a bomb. Specifically, he described how to make explosives formula using triacetone triperoxide (TATP) and cautioned  the others to "take safety seriously while you make this" to be "useful until you can strike."

Agents say Damlarkaya also provided other ISIS supporters with information about how to construct an automatic weapon. They say he claimed that he slept with a machete under his pillow ready to use if law enforcement raided his house. Agents say they found a machete near his bed.

U.S. District Judge Andrew S. Hanen accepted the plea today and has set sentencing for Sept. 30, 2019.  If convicted, Damlarkaya could face up to 20 years in federal prison and a maximum $250,000 possible fine. He will remain in custody pending that hearing.