U.S. Muslim, Former FBI Informant Found Guilty of Trying to Create ‘ISIS Inspired’ Cell

An Ohio jury on Tuesday found a former FBI informant guilty of trying to create a terrorist cell in the U.S. to carry out attacks in the name of the Islamic State.

Erick Jamal Hendricks, of Charlotte, North Carolina, faces up to 30 years in federal prison following the jury’s decision to convict him on charges of conspiracy and attempting to provide material support and resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Authorities say Hendricks’ mission was to recruit and train ISIS sympathizers to carry out attacks on U.S. soil. He vetted people to see if they were suitable to join his cell and espoused radical views. He instructed others to vet additional possible recruits through social media, authorities say.

Following testimony that lasted about a week, the jury announced its decision Tuesday morning. Deliberations had begun the prior afternoon. U.S. District Judge John Adams will sentence Hendricks at a later date.

“Protecting our citizens from terrorist attacks remains our priority and our community will be safer with this defendant behind bars,” U.S. Attorney Justin Herdman said in a statement. (Read more from “U.S. Muslim, Former FBI Informant Found Guilty of Trying to Create ‘ISIS Inspired’ Cell” HERE)

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