Man accused of trying to help ISIS pleads guilty, faces 30 years in jail

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WIVB) — A man accused of attempting to provide material support to ISIS has pleaded guilty to two counts of the charge placed against him.

Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, was originally charged with attempting to kill members of the U.S. military and possessing illegal firearms. He faces 15 years in prison for each count of attempting to help ISIS placed against him, bringing the total to 30 years.

Elfgeeh first discussed jihad with FBI sources in late 2013 and continued into the next year, according to prosecutors. Officials say Elfgeeh took a number of steps to prepare the two sources for a trip to Syria. The plan included sending $600 to someone in Yemen to assist the sources in their travel.

Elfgeeh is a naturalized U.S. citizen from Yemen who previously operated a Rochester food store. He will be sentenced on March 17, 2016.

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