LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – United States Lawyer Andrew Birge declared currently that Muse Muse, age 22, from Lansing Michigan, has been sentenced to 78 months in federal prison for conspiring to present content assist to the Islamic Point out of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).
ISIS is a selected foreign terrorist business. The FBI experienced been tracking Muse’s action on the perception that he could try to join ISIS. Then, on Jan. 21, 2019, special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and associates of its Joint Terrorism Undertaking Pressure arrested Muse Muse at the Gerald R. Ford Global Airport in Grand Rapids, after he checked in for a flight that would finally get him to Somalia, with the aim of becoming a member of ISIS.
Shortly thereafter, his brother Mohamud Muse and cousin Mohamed Haji were being arrested as co-conspirators.
Subsequent his arrest Muse Muse adopted a handwritten assertion well prepared for him by an FBI exclusive agent that summarized his interest in ISIS and finish objective about his help of ISIS.
In it, Muse admitted that he “wanted to join ISIS in Somalia so I would not have to do an attack in the United States.”
According to court docket paperwork, Muse coordinated with an individual he believed to be an ISIS fighter to wire resources for transportation to Somalia, where he prepared to sign up for ISIS. During the conspiracy, all a few defendants had discussions all through which they discussed touring overseas to join ISIS and even adopted fighter aliases.
During a person conversation in between Muse Muse and Mohamed Haji in Nov. 2017, the two celebrated the lethal auto assault in New York Town that happened that October.
Muse Muse despatched an image of the aftermath to Haji, who responded “Real civil war”.
Later on, Haji and Muse celebrated Muse getting a Michigan driver’s license.
Haji mentioned, “You’re a driver now” and “that’s very good so you can generate that [martyrdom] motor vehicle appropriate.”
Muse responded, “Yes [God willing].”
Muse also reported, “I’ve been pondering about acquiring a rifle and something” and “I’m setting up to entertain these views.”
In March 2018, Muse Muse despatched a information to a relative declaring, “I’m a terrorist” and “I’m likely to Somalia [God willing].”
Prosecutors pushed for the highest sentence for Muse, which would have been 15 a long time. However, in sentencing the Court docket discovered that his age at the time of the offense, his absence of own economic assets to finance abroad vacation, and the likely for rehabilitation ended up amid the things considered by the Court docket in imposing the 78-thirty day period sentence.
Birge mentioned, “Although we are unhappy and respectfully disagree with the sentence imposed by the Court docket, we applaud the FBI’s productive efforts to reduce this defendant from assisting a hazardous international terrorist business to carry out assaults in this article or abroad. This sentence will guarantee that, at least for the future 6 and one particular- fifty percent yrs, Muse Muse will not be ready to be a part of ISIS overseas to support its associates with committing violence. Detecting, avoiding, and prosecuting terrorism offenses remains the highest precedence for the Department of Justice and my business office.”
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