A 38-year-old man from the Chicago suburbs was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in federal prison for trying to aid the Islamic State, Justice Department officials announced.
A federal jury convicted Joseph Jones on one count of plotting to provide material support to ISIS in 2019, according to a Justice Department news release.
Jones promoted violent Islamic extremism and ISIS on social media, according to court documents.
In 2015, Jones started meeting with supposed ISIS contacts who were actually undercover FBI employees and informants. Jones expressed his loyalty to ISIS and its ideology in the meetings.
The Illinois man supplied cellphones to a cooperating individual in 2017, thinking ISIS would use them as explosive detonators overseas.
Jones traveled with the person to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago on April 7, 2017, believing the person was going to fight for ISIS in Syria.
The Justice Department declined to comment beyond the information available in the news release.
An Indiana woman was sentenced in December to over six years in prison for smuggling tens of thousands of dollars worth of cash and gold to ISIS.
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