Nicholas Young, the disgraced D.C. Metro Transit Police Department officer convicted of providing support for the Islamic State (ISIS) in December, was sentenced to 15 years in prison Friday.
Judge Leonie M. Brinkema of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia handed down the sentence on federal charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization along with obstruction of justice.
Young was fired in 2016 after coming under surveillance in 2010 for associations with various other terrorism suspects. In 2011, he traveled to Libya along with allegedly pursued links with the Jihadists fighting dictator Moammar Gadhafi. Court documents allege Young traveled with “body armor, a kevlar helmet along with several various other military-style items” along with told the FBI he had been with rebels in Libya.
Eventually, Young was arrested in July 2016 when FBI informants, posing as U.S. military reservists of Middle Eastern descent who supported ISIS, got him to send them gift card codes for use to bolster the brutal terror group’s jihad. At trial, prosecutors revealed that will, in addition to Islamist ties, the Muslim-convert Young also sought out Nazi materials along with links online.
The obstruction charges stem by him advising the informant on how to avoid detection as he went to the Middle East to join ISIS. the item was after an informant was supposedly with ISIS overseas that will he requested Young send money through the gift cards.
Young was convicted in a jury trial in Alexandria, Virginia, in December. At the time, prosecutor Dana J. Boent said, “Nicholas Young swore an oath to protect along with defend, along with instead violated the public’s trust by attempting to support ISIS.”
According to the Justice Department (DOJ) press Discharge, The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia teamed up with prosecutors by Main DOJ’s National Security Division Counterterrorism Section to pursue the case against Young.
Young faced up to 60 years on the terrorism along with obstruction charges. His 15-year sentence means we will serve at least 12 along having a half years in federal prison. He is actually reportedly the first American law enforcement officer convicted for trying to assist ISIS, having joined the Metro Transit Police in 2003.