North Carolina Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Plotting Terror Attack Against Americans

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man has been sentenced to life in prison for “attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries” by conspiring with a member of the barbaric Islamic group ISIS to carry out one or more terror attacks on American soil.

“[Justin] Sullivan was actively planning the mass killing of innocent people with an attack designed to inflict maximum casualties and maximum pain in the name of ISIS, a sworn enemy of our nation,” said U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of North Carolina in a statement on Tuesday.

“He also planned to film and send a video of his deadly attack to now-deceased Junaid Hussain, a prominent ISIS member based in Syria, and further expressed his wish to create a new branch of the so-called Islamic State in the United States,” she explained.

Rose said that the sentence mirrors the severity of the crime and serves as a deterrent to others.

According to WLOS-TV, while Sullivan did not apologize for his actions during sentencing at the federal courthouse in Asheville, he repeatedly stated that he is not a “bad person” and that “things just happened.” His defense also argued that he has mental health issues.

Sullivan’s parents sat in the room, and at times became tearful during the hearing.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Sullivan, now 21, began watching watching violent ISIS videos on the Internet in 2014 and saved the recordings. He also reportedly destroyed his parents’ religious items, declaring himself to be a supporter of ISIS.

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“I don’t know if it is ISIS or what, but he is destroying Buddhas and figurines and stuff,” his father Rich Sullivan reportedly said in a 911 call, tipping off authorities. “I mean, we are scared to leave the house.”

The following year, Sullivan allegedly discussed with now-deceased ISIS recruiter Junaid Hussain plans to carry out armed attacks in North Carolina and Virginia. But, as previously reported, little did Sullivan know that one of the people had talked to about the plot was an undercover FBI agent.

According to court documents, Sullivan told the agent that it was better to support ISIS in the U.S. rather than travel overseas, and soon purchased a weapon, asking the agent to build a silencer for him. He advised that he was plotting to carry out an attack at a concert, bar or club, estimating that they could kill about 1,000 people.

In keeping in contact with Hussain, Sullivan was asked to record the attack.

Sullivan also allegedly offered the undercover FBI agent compensation to kill his parents after they learned about the silencer.

In June 2015, Sullivan was arrested and a search warrant was issued for the discussed items. Last November, he accepted a plea agreement that carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger accepted the recommended life sentence on Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice outlines, because he “noted that Sullivan’s plan to murder innocent civilians at a social gathering was similar to the Orlando nightclub attack in 2016.”

“According to the court, Sullivan’s plan, however, was more sinister because he planned to use stealth—including a mask to hide his identity and a silencer to kill as many as possible, with the hope to escape and kill again,” the department outlined. “The court found that Sullivan’s offense was cold and calculating.”

“Identifying a terrorist before an attack happens is one of the most difficult tasks we face in the FBI. We compare it to finding a needle in a stack of needles. But that is exactly what we did to stop Justin Sullivan from carrying out his murderous plot in the name of ISIL,” said Special Agent in Charge John Strong in a statement.

“Today’s life in prison sentence is the result of the hard work of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force working around the clock to protect this country from those who seek to do us harm.”

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  • FoJC

    “Today’s life in prison sentence is the result of the hard work of the
    FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force working around the clock to protect
    this country from those who seek to do us harm.”

    Multiple millions more babies have been murdered in America than in all “terrorist attacks” combined. America’s “justice system” is corrupt to the core, which includes the people enforcing the laws. People are so blinded by American propaganda that they don’t see the Truth anymore. Wave the flag and just say, “America has its problems”.

    Sadly, the FBI’s profiling is doing the same thing as NSA hacking – non-criminal Americans are having their lives invaded for no good reason. I get the same feeling from law enforcement officers that I do criminals, when encountering them in public, ‘Stay away, potential violence is near’.

    Come LORD Jesus, come!

  • Penny New Kurtz Heckelman

    AJ Jeff Sessions is doing a wonderful job, as are some of the people that he works with. I say some because, sadly, there are still some Obama era holdovers.
    Today, Congress has two new pieces of legislation designed to create stricter than ever before sentencing guidelines, for people that are in the USA illegally, terrorism and for human sex trafficking. There have been an astronomical amount of people arrested for child sex trafficking lately. I wonder why we never see it on the MSM. Just kidding, I know why. When the White House has a press briefing, the person that is giving the press briefing, speaks to the press about the human sex trafficking problem, and the MSM does not ask one question about it. They simply are not allowed to report on that particular problem. I hear nothing about it on television either.
    I am glad that the Justice department and the FBI are working together. I am very glad that they are working together to apprehend people that are entering our country illegally, terrorists and human sex traffickers. I am glad that there are stricter sentencing guidelines.
    Throughout my life I have never encountered a police officer that wasen’t nice, even when I was stopped for a traffic violation. When something goes wrong, I am glad that a policeman is there to help.
    It is sad to see a young man going to prison for life. But, he was a very dangerous person, even to the point of wanting his parents dead, because they knew he ordered a silencer from a person that belongs to isis. Very sad. Think of the heart break his parents are going through right now.
    I am glad that the FBI through surveillance arrested him.
    All I can do is pray for the people that hurt our children and for the children. All I can do is pray for the terrorists and for the people that they hurt. I will also pray for the people that want to come into our country, will do it legally.
    All I can do is pray for the FBI, the Attorney General, and our Police.
    Also, all I can do is pray for our President, Congress and The Senate.
    I also pray for my brothers and sisters in Christ and that they may spread the good news of Jesus Christ.
    God bless America.

  • Grace Kwon

    Non-JudeoChristian ideologies do not teach kids to value life or become meaningful by living out. USA needs Christian education even for the security’s sake. Americans must stop degrading Christianity. Christianity is the only religion on earth that values everyone’s life unconditionally because of God’s love in Jesus Christ.

  • InTheChurch

    Now, he will be working on how to be a good wife.

    • wandakate

      WHAT????? A good wife? What on earth are you talking about?

      • InTheChurch

        think prison

    • William Dean

      With that “sweet” face it won’t be long before he becomes someone’s “friend.”

      • InTheChurch

        LOL, exactly