Texas man sentenced to prison for trying to join Islamic State

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 05, 2015 1:09 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - An Austin, Texas man was sentenced on Friday to almost seven years in prison for attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State militant group.

Michael Wolfe, 24, was sentenced to 82 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement.

He pleaded guilty last June to attempting to provide material support to Islamic State after he was arrested as part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation sting operation.

He planned to travel to Europe where he was scheduled to meet an FBI undercover agent who he believed would help him travel through Turkey and then into Syria so he could take up arms for the militant group.

Wolfe was arrested at Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as he was about to board the first flight of his journey.

Another Texas-area man arrested the same day, Rahatul Ashikim Kahn, also pleaded guilty last July on similar charges.

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With many of his public court records under seal, there was no indication as to whether Khan had been sentenced. His lawyers and U.S. prosecutors were not immediately available for comment.

(Reporting by Lindsay Dunsmuir, additional reporting by Jon Herskovitz, editing by G Crosse)