Texas man pleads guilty to terrorism charge

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Associated Press

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 10:32 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 10:32 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Federal prosecutors say an Austin man has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he sought to join an al-Qaida splinter group leading militants in Iraq.

Authorities announced Friday that 23-year-old Michael Wolfe admitted to attempting to provide material support and resources to terrorists.

Wolfe planned to travel to the Middle East to support the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the extremist Sunni group threatening Iraq's government.

He was arrested earlier this month at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston as he was leaving for Turkey with his wife and two young children.

Wolfe faces up to 15 years in prison for the offense. A sentencing date has not been scheduled.

A second Texas man faces the same charge in a separate matter, but has not entered a plea.

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