Florida men plead guilty for conspiring to provide support to the Islamic State
Darren Arness Jackson, aka Daoud, 51, of West Palm Beach, Florida, pleaded guilty on April 4, also to conspiracy to provide material support to ISIL.
ISIL is also known by the acronym ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham).
Both defendants are U.S. citizens.
On July 21, 2016, Christian, Jackson and co-defendant Gregory Hubbard, aka Jibreel, were arrested by the FBI, after Jackson drove Hubbard and an FBI confidential human source (CHS) to Miami International Airport for an overseas flight to Germany. According to the criminal complaint filed in the case, Hubbard had purchased a ticket to Berlin, Germany, and planned to travel later to Turkey by train and then cross into Syria to join ISIL.
On July 26, 2016, an indictment was returned by the Grand Jury charging the three defendants with conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization (ISIL), in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2339B(a)(1). Christian was also charged with four counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g)(1).
According to the indictment, beginning in at least July 2015 and continuing until their arrests, Hubbard, Christian and Jackson conspired to provide personnel to ISIL. According to admissions made as part of their guilty pleas, both Christian and Jackson talked with Hubbard and the CHS about their support of ISIL and various acts of terrorism committed by and attributed to ISIL and its supporters. Both Christian and Jackson expressed a desire to travel to Syria to join ISIL.
At various times during the conspiracy both Christian and Jackson provided firearms (including an AK-47 style assault rifle provided by Christian) and firearms instruction so that Hubbard and the CHS could practice shooting at a remote area in Palm Beach County in preparation for their travel to Syria to join ISIL.
Hubbard is presently scheduled for trial in front of Judge Rosenberg for the trial period commencing October 30. All three defendants have been detained since their arrests.
Christian and Jackson face a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on the conspiracy plea. Christian faces an additional statutory maximum sentence of 10 years in prison for his plea to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes. If convicted of any offense, the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
No sentencing date has been scheduled for the two defendants.