Rochester Pizza Shop Owner Pleads Guilty To Recruiting For ISIS

Yesterday, a 31 year-old pizza shop owner in Rochester, New York, pleaded guilty in federal court to recruiting for ISIS.

Mufid Elfgeeh was one of the very first Americans to ever be accused of recruiting for the terrorist organization when he was arrested in May of 2014.

Elfgeeh was arrested after purchasing a pair of handguns and silencers that investigators claimed he planned to use to kill returning U.S. soldiers.

Via ABC News:

An upstate New York pizza shop owner admitted Thursday he tried to recruit fighters for the Islamic State group in Syria.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 31, a naturalized U.S. citizen, helped arrange travel and funding and put one recruit in touch with an English-speaking Islamic State contact in Iraq via Facebook, authorities said.

Elfgeeh pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization under a plea agreement that recommends a sentence of just under 22 ½ years in prison.

The Yemen-born Rochester resident was arrested by the Joint Terrorism Task Force in May 2014 after buying two handguns and silencers that investigators say he planned to use to kill returning U.S. soldiers. U.S. Attorney William Hochul Jr. said Elfgeeh was one of the first Islamic State recruiters ever arrested in the United States.

As part of his plea agreement, Elfgeeh admitted to knowingly attempting to send new recruits to “a foreign terrorist organization,” namely, ISIS, and that ISIS was, in fact, a terrorist organization.

Elfgeeh will be sentenced in March, and will be spending about 22-and-a-half years in prison.

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