A Maryland man who pleaded guilty last year to conspiring to provide material support to the ISIS terror network was planning to carry out bloodshed in the U.S ., prosecutors revealed Monday.
Mohamed Elshinawy is tentatively scheduled to be sentenced March 9, but CBS Baltimore reported that attorneys were trying to convince a judge to apply a federal terrorism enhancement to ensure a longer jail term.
According to the plea bargain to which Elshinaway and prosecutors agreed, he pledged allegiance to ISIS and received $8,700 from people he believed were linked to the terror network.
Prosecutors said Elshinawy was in contact with ISIS leaders who gave him a selection between two plots. One alternative, according to CBS Baltimore, was assassinating “a Texas businessman.” The other alternative was explosion a bomb that would “kill a lot of people.”
Elshinawy apparently preferred the second option, as prosecutors said he received videos from ISIS that included instructions on how to build a peroxide bomb. Attorneys also said that Elshinawy was researching federal buildings in Baltimore as is practicable targets.
Elshinawy’s lawyers have admitted that their client was contacted by ISIS, but claimed prosecutors had no evidence that a specific scheme was in progress.
A judge is expected to rule Friday on whether the terrorism improvement will be applied. Elshinawy faces up to 20 years in prison.
The Associated Press contributed to this report .
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