A Maryland man who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to commit material support to the ISIS terror network was planning to carry out bloodshed in the US, prosecutors revealed Monday.
Mohamed Elshinawy is provisionally scheduled to be sentenced on March 9, but CBS Baltimore reported that the prosecutors tried to convince a judge to a federal terrorism enhancement to ensure a long prison sentence.
According to the plea deal that Elshinaway, and prosecutors agreed, he promised allegiance to ISIS and received $8,700 from people he believed were linked to the terror network.
The prosecutors said Elshinawy was in contact with ISIS leaders who gave him a choice between two plots. An option, according to CBS Baltimore, was the murder of “a Texas businessman.” The other option was to detonate a bomb that would “kill a lot of people.”
Elshinawy apparently chose the second option, as prosecutors said that the videos received from ISIS contained instructions on how to build a peroxide bomb. Prosecutors also said that Elshinawy was the investigation of the federal buildings in Baltimore as possible destinations.
Elshinawy’s lawyers have admitted their client was contacted by ISIS, but claimed prosecutors had no evidence that a specific plan is in progress.
A judge is expected to rule Friday on the question of whether the terrorism enhancement will be applied. Elshinawy faces up to 20 years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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