Just gun charges?
A South Carolina teenager plead guilty to gun charges after officials say he plotted to attack a US military base in hopes of joining ISIS.
The 16-year-old boy, whose name is not being released, lived in York County but his family is originally from Syria.
York County Solicitor Kevin Brackett say the teen was communicating with another person in North Carolina through social media and text messages.
York Police initially went to the teen’s home in February after getting reports that he had a pistol, which is illegal for a minor in South Carolina. When they executed the search warrant, they found the firearm, ammunition and a rifle.
The teen initially told investigators that he had the gun to protect his family since his father’s passing. He later admitted that the story was made up.
Brackett says the teen told investigators that he and the person from North Carolina were planning to rob a gun store in NC and steal guns and ammunition. The pair then planned to attack a military installation in retaliation for military air strikes on ISIS.
They then planned to leave for Syria, where the teen has been several times, to join the organization.[…]
He was sentenced to be held by the Department of Juvenile Justice and was to attend counseling.
Brackett says the teen, in court, said he had changed his ways and no longer believed the ideas he held before, but Brackett is skeptical. He says the teen appeared to hold the ideas fairly closely when he was first interviewed about them.
He says the teen’s family was concerned about his behavior, but says the family is a good family and had no plans to join the teen.