SANTA ANA – The suspected founder of a radical Islamic prison gang, who allegedly planned attacks designed to kill up to 40 people at 10 Southland military facilities and other sites, denied terrorism-related charges.
Kevin James — the imprisoned founder of a group called Jamiyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheed, or JIS — was the last of four defendants named in a six-count indictment to appear in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana to enter a plea.
James pleaded innocent to the charges, as have his alleged fellow co- conspirators, Levar Haney Washington, 25, of South Los Angeles, Gregory Vernon Patterson, a 21-year-old former employee of a duty-free shop at Los Angeles International Airport, and Hammad Samana, a 21-year-old Pakistani resident of Inglewood.
Prosecutors say James and Washington met while both were imprisoned at Folsom, where they hatched the plot. Upon his release, Washington allegedly went to an Inglewood mosque and recruited the other two defendants.…
What’s that? Jihad recruitment in an American mosque? And the other people in the mosque didn’t note it and stop it in the name of peaceful Islam?
Anyway, James is shocked, shocked!
Deputy Federal Public Defender Robert Carlin said his client, originally from Gardena, was due to be paroled from prison early next year. “He’s a very quiet, sober man, very polite and respectful,” said Carlin, who described his client as “shocked” and “surprised” by the charges in the indictment.
“He’s very concerned” about the charges, Carlin added. Washington, Patterson and Samana are also charged with the same counts as James, as well as conspiracy to kill members of the United States government uniformed services and conspiracy to kill foreign officials.
Washington and Patterson are also charged with interference with commerce by robbery and using and carrying a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.