Ex-guardsman, cousin to be sentenced in Illinois terror plot


CHICAGO, Il (CBS News) — A former Illinois National Guard soldier and his cousin are scheduled to be sentenced for plotting to attack a U.S. military facility.

23-year-old Hasan Edmonds pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State (ISIS). His cousin, 30-year-old Jonas Edmonds, pleaded guilty to similar charges.

The pair will be sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. Prosecutors want a 30-year sentence for Hasan Edmonds and 21-year prison term for Jonas Edmonds.

Prosecutors say Hasan Edmonds planned to travel to the Middle East to join Islamic State fighters. Jonas Edmonds went to Hasan Edmonds’ home and collected several National Guard uniforms that he planned to wear as a disguise during an attack at the armory in Joliet, about 45 miles southwest of Chicago.

According to court documents, an undercover FBI agent sent Edmonds a friend request on Facebook in late 2014, and in January, Edmonds and the agent exchanged a series of messages on Facebook, and Hasan allegedly discussed plans to travel overseas with his cousin to fight with ISIS extremists, CBS Chicago reported.

“The State has been established and it is our duty to heed the call,” he allegedly wrote. “I look forward to the training. I am already in the american kafir [infidel] army …and now I wish only to serve in the army of Allah alongside my true brothers.”

In another message, he allegedly wrote, either he and his cousin would make it overseas, “or bring the flames of war to the heart od [sic] this land with Allah’s permission.”

Jonas Edmonds allegedly told the undercover employee that they would use uniforms and information from Hasan Edmonds to access the facility and target officers.

The attack was allegedly planned to be carried out after Edmonds departed for Cairo. The Justice Department didn’t provide a specific timeframe for how long after Edmonds’ departure the attack would take place.

“Throughout the course of this investigation, the defendants were closely and carefully monitored to ensure the safety of the public and our service men and women.” FBI Special Agent Robert Holley says in the statement.

After layovers in Detroit and Amsterdam, Edmonds had planned to arrive in Cairo Thursday and allegedly go on to fight on behalf of ISIS using his military training.

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