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Former BenU student pleads guilty


by Brenden Alexander
STAFF WRITER

Former Benedictine University student has pled guilty for attempting to travel overseas to join terrorist group. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a self proclaimed Islamic State and a group full of militant extremist.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan plead guilty on October 29 to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIL, according to a October 29 FBI press release.
He was attempting to provide information between the months of February and October of 2014. The information Khan attempted to provide was resources, material support and specifically, personnel support.
According to NBC5 News, “the terrorist group known worldwide for public beheadings and a progressive social media campaign aimed at recruiting westerners.”
Members of the terrorist group anonymously contacted individuals via the texting app “Kik”.
Khan, a U.S. citizen of Bolingbrook, will face up to 15 years in prison as well as an $250,000 fine, according to the October 29 FBI press release.
CNN states that, “According to the complaint, Khan told authorities he was planning on working in some type of public service for ISIS — like a police force — providing humanitarian work or taking up a combat role.”
Khan has been detained since his original arrest in October of 2014 at O’Hare International Airport. Members of the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task force initiated the arrest. Khan was on his way to Istanbul, Turkey before being caught.
The state of Illinois has to issue Khan a reasonable sentence under the federal statutes and advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.