TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) – A man pleading guilty in federal court in Toledo who vowed to support a terrorist group and planned to attack an Ohio synagogue.
Damon Joseph, 23, of Holland, Ohio, pleaded guilty Tuesday to attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist group and to commit a hate crime. He was arrested by FBI agents in December 2018.
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A message asking for a comment was left with Joseph’s attorney on Wednesday.
Following his arrest, federal authorities said Joseph, also known as Abdullah Ali Yusuf, spent months posting photos of weapons, praising the Islamic State Group and talking about a violent attack on the synagogue. These posts drew the attention of the FBI, which hired undercover agents to communicate with Joseph.
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The planned shooting in the synagogue was inspired by a shooter who killed 11 people in a synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018. Authorities told an undercover agent, “I admire what the guy actually did with the shooting.”
Joseph was arrested after taking possession of two military-style assault rifles from an undercover agent.
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