Yet another convert to Islam somehow gets the idea that his new religion calls upon him to commit treason and mass murder. Will the learned imams Pope Francis or H. R. McMaster please go down to North Carolina and set this young man straight?
Calling Justin Sullivan’s plot a “cold and calculated” conspiracy of ISIS-inspired terror, a federal judge in Asheville sent the 21-year-old Morganton man to prison for the rest of his life.
Sullivan showed no reaction as U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger handed down his sentence. He stood silently in a brown inmate jumpsuit, his left shoulder slouched.
According to documents from the two-year-old case, Sullivan planned to unveil his “Islamic State of North America” with an attack on a concert or club that would kill hundreds of people.
During rambling, muffled remarks to the judge, Sullivan told Reidinger he was not “a cold-blooded killer.”
During a news conference afterward, U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose gave her response. “I believe the facts prove otherwise.”
Sullivan’s sentence was part of an agreement that led to his guilty plea last November to one count of planning a terrorist act transcending national borders.
As he left the courtroom, the pale, mustached defendant turned and cast a quick glance toward his parents, who sat a few rows behind him. Rich Sullivan, a retired Marine captain, responded with a small wave.
It was a Rich Sullivan phone call in the spring of 2015 that first alerted authorities to his son’s possible ties to the Islamic State, a worldwide terrorist group commonly known as ISIS or ISIL. A few months later, Justin Sullivan offered to pay an undercover FBI agent posing as an ISIS sympathizer to have his parents killed out of fear that they would thwart his plans….
Described by neighbors and attorneys as shy and socially awkward, Sullivan converted online to Islam in September 2014. Soon, according to court documents, he was watching ISIS beheadings and other execution videos on his bedroom computer.
On chat rooms fueled by allegiance to ISIS and hatred for the West, Sullivan became “The Mujahid,” a soldier in an Islamic holy war. Unlike many of his peers who dreamed of taking up arms in the Middle East, Sullivan planned to establish a front line at home.
“The war is here, ahki [brother],” Sullivan told the undercover agent shortly before his June 2015 arrest.
Sison, a veteran federal public defender from Asheville, called one witness – a Durham psychologist who testified that Sullivan suffers from psychological problems that could spiral into full-fledged schizophrenia if does not receive adequate prison treatment or is housed with hardened inmates…..