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Md. man sentenced to 20 years for providing material support to ISIS

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BALTIMORE, Md. – A Maryland man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for providing material support to ISIS and terrorism financing, prosecutors say.

Mohamed Elshinawy, 33, of Edgewood, conspired with others to knowingly provide material support and resources to ISIS between February and December of 2015, according to the plea agreement. Those resources included personnel, methods of communication, and financial services. Officials say Elshinawy and his co-conspirators used various methods of secret communication in order to conceal their criminal association from law enforcement.

Elshinawy expressed his support for ISIS and his hope that ISIS would defeat its enemies, prosecutors say. He also discussed his willingness to travel to live in the Islamic state.  Officials say in other conversations, Elshinawy pledged his allegiance to ISIS, described himself as its soldier, committed to making violent jihad, and asked that others convey his message of loyalty to ISIS leadership.

Prosecutors say Elshinawy also received payments totaling $8,700 to use to fund a terrorist attack in the United States.

Following his prison term, Elshinawy will have 15 years of supervised release, officials say.

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