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Leon Nathan Davis, Georgia Man, Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join ISIS

By    |   Thursday, 28 May 2015 12:07 PM

Leon Nathan Davis, a 37-year-old Georgia man, admitted in court this week that he bought a one-way ticket to Turkey last fall in an attempt to join ISIS.

Davis appeared in U.S. District Court Wednesday and pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization, according to The Associated Press. At sentencing, he could face up to 15 years in federal prison and fines of up to $250,000.

Davis said during the hearing that he planned to fly to Turkey and then be smuggled into Syria. But police caught up to him as he was checking into his flight at Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport on October 24, the AP reported.

It's not clear what Davis' motivation was to join the terrorist organization.

Attempting to leave the country was also a violation of his parole, Patrick Holsey with the Georgia State Board of Pardons and Parole told WJBF.

FBI agent Gutis Zunde testified, saying federal authorities began watching Davis more than a year ago after he tried contacting ISIS through social media, the AP reported.

“Us, along with the Georgia Board of Pardons and Parole, have been investigating him for over a year knowing that he had intentions to join ISIS,” Assistant Special Agent to the FBI Angela Tobon said in a press conference, according to WJBF.

Zunde said Davis told investigators he believed he would teach English to ISIS members.

“He said he wasn't sure if he would be a fighter or possibly a recruiter for them,” Zunde added.

Davis left behind his wife of two years, a stepdaughter, and a mail-order medical supplements salesman job when he went to try and join ISIS.

He reportedly went by the names Abdul Wakil Khalil and Abu Hurairah Al Amreekee, according to the AP.

This is not the first time Davis has been in trouble with the law.

The Georgia Department of Corrections shows that Davis was convicted in October 2005 of dealing cocaine and sentenced to 10 years in prison, but was released in September 2008. He returned to prison for more than a year in February 2012.

Prosecutors had been holding Davis since February of this year for possession of illegal firearms by a convicted felon, according to the AP. He reportedly had six rifles, four handguns, and two shotguns, though that charge is now being dropped.

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