Ex-Marine accused of plotting Christmas terror attack for ISIS

FBI sagents found a martyrdom letter and several guns in the home of a former Marine who was arrested on charges that he planned to carry out a Christmas Day terror attack.

A federal complaint was unsealed today, charging Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, of Modesto, with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

A Northern California tow-truck driver who served in the US Marine Corps, Jameson allegedly expressed support for jihadists on social media before planning a suicide attack in San Francisco.

Jameson was arrested today and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe in Fresno, California to face accusations of planning an ISIS-inspired Christmas Day suicide attack on Fisherman’s Wharf.

According to court documents, Jameson had several online interactions with a confidential source in which he expressed support for the October 31, 2017, terrorist attack in New York City and offered his services for “the cause.”

In subsequent communications with an undercover agent, Jameson referred to his training in the U.S. military and noted he had been trained for combat and war.

Jameson later met with another undercover agent whom he believed to be associated with the senior leadership of the foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIS or  ISIL.

During his interactions with the undercover agent, Jameson offered to carry out violent acts and to provide financial support for the terrorist organization.

“The Department of Justice works resolutely every day to prevent terrorist attacks,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  “In my time back at thedepartment, nothing has impressed me more.  Today, our incredible law enforcement officers have once again helped thwart an alleged plot to kill Americans. I want to thank the FBI agents and federal prosecutors and everyone else who helped make this possible. The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is real—and it is serious—but the American people can be assured that the Department of Justice remains vigilant in protecting our homeland.”

This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Dawrence W. Rice and Christopher D. Baker are prosecuting the case, together with Trial Attorney Brenda Sue Thornton from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section.

If convicted, Jameson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables. The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

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