Deal sought for man accused of trying to join terror group

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Posted: Oct 21, 2015 2:31 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say they'll ask the federal government for permission to offer a plea deal to a California man charged with trying to join Islamic extremists in Syria.

The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1GSL9L6 ) that an attorney for 21-year-old Nicholas Teausant told a judge Tuesday that lawyers are "cautiously optimistic" about a deal.

The judge delayed the trial so prosecutors could seek approval from the Justice Department.

Teausant was arrested in March 2014 as he tried to take a bus into Canada. The FBI says he planned to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

The agency alleges that the Muslim convert discussed his plans with a friend who was actually an FBI informant.

Teausant's lawyers say he's mentally ill. He had previously been found incompetent to stand trial, but was ruled competent in August.

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Information from: The Sacramento Bee, http://www.sacbee.com