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Parole hearing Monday for York teen who police said wanted to join ISIS, plotted to kill soldiers

The teen from York who police and prosecutors said wanted to join ISIS and plotted to kill American soldiers has a second chance at release Monday when he appears before South Carolina’s juvenile parole board.

Police from York and York County, including York Police Chief Andy Robinson, are again expected to oppose release. Deputies and York police told the parole board in February that law enforcement agencies believe the teen is a threat to national security.

Now 17, the teen of Syrian heritage was 16 when he was sentenced for a weapons charge in April 2015 after police said officers discovered a scheme to join ISIS, then rob a gun store in North Carolina with an unnamed radical Muslim from near Raleigh, N.C.

Police, including high-ranking agents in the FBI, found an ISIS flag and social media and other evidence including two guns but the teen faced only the gun charge because of his age. Federal officials have refused to comment on the second man and whether the probe continues.

The teen was sentenced to potential prison until age 21 but his sentence for the weapon ends as early as this summer, police and prosecutors have said. The Herald is not naming the teen because of his age and juvenile status in the court and prison system.

In testimony in February when he was denied parole, the teen said he would move to Charleston if released.

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