Columbus man sentenced to 80 months for attempting to support ISIS

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A man from Columbus has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for attempting to provide material to support ISIS.

According to the Department of Justice, Aaron Travis Daniels, 21, also known as Harun Muhammad, or Abu Yusef of Columbus was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 80 months in prison for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

Documents filed with the court say Daniels met with an ISIS recruiter in December 2015 and sent funds to ISIS in order to “show his worth” to an ISIS recruiter.

Columbus Joint Terrorism Task Force agents arrested Daniels on November 7, 2016, as he attempted to leave Columbus with the intent to join ISIS in Libya. 

A federal grand jury indicted him on November 10, 2016. Daniels pleaded guilty on July 6, 2017 to one count of attempting to provide material support to ISIS.

Daniels has been in custody since his arrest.

“One of a terrorist organization’s most valuable and dangerous assets is having control over a person willing to support and advance terrorism in the United States,” U.S. Attorney Benjamin Glassman said. “Our office and agencies in the JTTF will continue to cooperate as we work to protect our national security.”

The court also granted the government’s request to place Daniels under court supervision for the rest of his life.

Chief Judge Sargus also granted the government’s requests that, during Daniels’ supervised release, he receives ongoing mental health treatment, is prohibited from using alcohol or controlled substances, cannot travel internationally, and has no access to the internet without court approval. 

The court also ordered that Daniels be subject to search at any time without probable cause while on supervised release.
 

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