AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - An Augusta man is accused of trying to aid the Islamic State group.
Leon Nathan Davis, 37, pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court to attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia.
An FBI-led team investigated Davis' attempts to join an overseas designated foreign terrorist organization, according to evidence presented at the guilty plea proceeding. Davis was arrested at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta in October 2014 on a parole violation, after he had purchased a ticket to fly to Turkey and then traveled from Augusta to the Atlanta airport. He has been in custody since his October 2014 arrest.
"This case illustrates that no community is immune from the potential radicalizing influences of those who desire to recruit, finance, or inspire terrorism," said Jim Harrison, supervisory senior resident agent with the FBI's Augusta/Statesboro office. "The FBI has robust mechanisms in place to immediately and aggressively address threats posed by any form of violent extremism."
Davis is on Facebook as Abu Hurairah Al Amreekee. His page says he is from Philadelphia, Pa. and is a member of the Islamic Society of Augusta.
Providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization is a crime punishable by up to 15 years in prison, a lifetime of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. A sentencing hearing will be conducted after the United States Probation Office conducts a pre-sentence investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by attorneys with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Georgia and the Justice Department's National Security Division.