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The Latest: Man pleads guilty to plotting terrorist attacks

ASHEVILLE, N. C. – The Latest on a plea hearing for a North Carolina man who is accused of plotting terrorist attacks (all times are local):

1:40 pm

A North Carolina man accused of plotting U.S. terror attacks with a member of the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to terrorism charge.

Federal officials said in a press release that the 20-year-old Justin Sullivan of Morganton pleaded guilty Tuesday in Asheville to one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. A sentencing hearing has not yet been planned, although the release says that both parties agree a life sentence is appropriate.

The Procurator of the s. S. Jill Westmoreland Rose said Sullivan admitted in court that he planned mass shootings in North Carolina and Virginia.

August indictment said Sullivan spoke with Junaid Hussain in June 2015 via social media about making a video of a terrorist attack in the US to be used by the militant group.

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5:20 pm

A North Carolina man accused of plotting an AMERICAN terror, which he discussed with a member of the Islamic State, the group is scheduled to appear in federal court for a plea hearing.

Court documents say the hearing for the 20-year-old Justin Sullivan is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

The indictment was opened in February accused Sullivan of killing his neighbor and stealing his money so he could buy an assault rifle to carry out IS inspired by the shooting at a concert or in a club.

An indictment filed in August said Sullivan spoke with Junaid Hussain in June 2015 via social media about making a video of a terrorist attack in the US to be used by the militant group. Hussain was killed in an AMERICAN drone attack in Syria in August 2015.

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