Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miss. Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Miss. Man Pleads Guilty to Terrorism

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JACKSON, Miss. - In details provided as a 23-year-old Mississippi man pleaded guilty to a terrorism-related charge, federal prosecutors said his fiance led him toward a plan to go to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

Muhammad Dakhlalla pleaded guilty Friday in Aberdeen to providing material support to terrorism and faces up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 fines and lifetime probation.His fiance, Jaelyn Delshaun Young, is set for trial in June. Ms. Young, who converted to Islam, was a sophomore chemistry major at Mississippi State University at the time of her arrest and is the daughter of a school administrator and a police officer who served in the Navy Reserve.

Mr. Dakhlalla, who was raised Muslim, is a psychology graduate of Mississippi State and a son of a prominent figure in the college town's Muslim community.

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