RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A North Carolina man has been charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, authorities said.
Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, of Morganton faces seven counts related to providing help to the terrorist organization.
The seven-count indictment was unsealed in federal court Monday showing Sullivan was charged with:
- Attempting to provide material support to ISIS
- Receipt of a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to commit a felony
- Receipt and possession of an unregistered firearm
- Concealment and storage of a stolen firearm
- Use of interstate facilities in the attempted commission of a murder-for-hire
- Making false statements to FBI agents (two counts)
“According to allegations in the indictment, Sullivan attempted to provide material support to ISIL by acquiring weapons and planning to conduct deadly attacks on our soil,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Countering threats to the safety of the American people is the highest priority of the National Security Division, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”
The indictment says Sullivan openly expressed support for ISIS in his home and destroyed religious items that belonged to his parents. He also watched violent propaganda films made by the terrorist organization that showed beheadings and executions.
NBC News reported court document showed in addition to planning an attack that would wipe out hundreds of people, Sullivan also wanted someone to kill his parents.
Sullivan was arrested at his parents’ home on June 19, 2015.