Prosecutors: Islamic State inspired N. Carolina man's plan

AP News
Posted: Feb 01, 2016 3:29 PM

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a North Carolina man accused of planning an Islamic State-inspired attack also offered to pay an informant to kill his parents.

A federal indictment unsealed Monday charges Justin Nojan Sullivan of Morganton with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State, as well as firearms charges and a count related to attempted murder-for-hire.

Federal prosecutors say his mother opened a package containing a silencer that he ordered, and his parents questioned him about it.

The indictment alleges that he believed his parents would interfere and offered to pay the informant to kill them.

Sullivan was arrested over the summer and accused of planning terrorist killings in the U.S. He's currently in federal custody awaiting trial.

An attorney for Sullivan declined to comment.