An Illinois man convicted of planning to help ISIS terrorists has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.
The Department of Justice said Friday that Edward Schimenti, 39, of Zion, was convicted of “conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham.”
Court documents said Schimenti advocated on social media for violent extremism in support of the terrorist group.
In 2015, Schimenti began meeting with undercover FBI employees and individuals who, unbeknownst to Schimenti, were cooperating with law enforcement. During the meetings, Schimenti discussed his devotion to ISIS and his commitment to ISIS principles, the DOJ said.
Two years later, Schimenti furnished cellular phones to one of the cooperating individuals, believing the phones would be used to detonate explosive devices in ISIS attacks overseas, the DOJ said.
According to federal prosecutors, on April 7, 2017, Schimenti drove with the “cooperating individual” to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, with the understanding that the cooperating individual would be traveling to Syria to fight with ISIS.
Another defendant in the case, Joseph D. Jones, 39, also of Zion, also had been convicted of a conspiracy charge and was sentenced last month to 12 years in federal prison.
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