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Aspiring teen terrorist from NC to be sentenced today in Asheville

Justin Nojan Sullivan exits the Federal courthouse in Charlotte in June 2015.
Justin Nojan Sullivan exits the Federal courthouse in Charlotte in June 2015.

The Burke County teen who pleaded guilty to attempted terrorism is expected to be sentenced Tuesday in Asheville.

Justin Sullivan of Morganton faces the possibility of decades in prison.

Sullivan was 19 when he was arrested in June 2015, and charged with crimes including attempting to provide material support to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), also referred to as ISIS.

He was planning assassinations and violent attacks on people in the United States, said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. The FBI says it became aware of Sullivan’s plans to obtain a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle at the Hickory Gun Show in Hickory in June 2015. The teen planned to use it to kill a large number of U.S. citizens on behalf of ISIL.

He faces multiple charges, with costly fines and years in prison.

The charge of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign organization carries a maximum potential penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The charge of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

The charge of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer, unidentified by a serial number, carries a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

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