Alabama student pleads guilty in ISIS plot, obtaining bomb making materials

Aziz Sayyed (Photo Source: Madison County Jail, Alabama)
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AL.com) — Aziz Sayyed, a former Huntsville college student, pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court to a charge related to obtaining bomb making materials to blow up a police building on behalf of ISIS.

Federal prosecutors said the former Calhoun Community College student met with an agent from the Federal Bureau of Investigation who he thought was a member of ISIS last year and expressed his desire to assist the terrorist organization.

As part of a plea agreement, Sayyed, 23, pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Under the terms of the deal, federal prosecutors recommended Sayyed be sentenced to 15 years in prison and be placed on supervised probation for the rest of his life.

Sayyed's attorney Bruce Gardner said the state agreed to drop its charges as a part of the deal.

Those charges, however, haven't been officially dropped yet.

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon set Sayyed's sentencing hearing for 3 p.m. on June 20 in Huntsville. The judge isn't bound by the plea agreement and can sentence Sayyed to up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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