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Man who discussed US attack pleads guilty

August 28, 2019
FILE - This April 4, 2019, file photo released by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office shows Fabjan Alameti, 21, of New York City. Alameti, who federal agents say talked about joining an Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge a shooting at two New Zealand mosques in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, to two counts of making false statements involving terrorism. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 13. He remains in custody. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
FILE - This April 4, 2019, file photo released by the Missoula County Sheriff's Office shows Fabjan Alameti, 21, of New York City. Alameti, who federal agents say talked about joining an Islamic State group and attacking random people to avenge a shooting at two New Zealand mosques in March, pleaded guilty Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, to two counts of making false statements involving terrorism. He faces a maximum of eight years in prison when he is sentenced on Dec. 13. He remains in custody. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A New York man has pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI after authorities said he talked about joining the Islamic State and avenging the New Zealand mosque shootings.

Fabjan Alameti pleaded guilty Wednesday before a federal judge in Missoula, Montana to two counts of lying to a federal officer about making terrorism related comments.

He faces up to 8 years in prison.

Court records say authorities first interviewed Alameti in 2018 and he later made pro-Islamic State social media posts.

Prosecutors say Alameti was traveling to Montana via bus on March 15 when a gunman killed 50 people in Christchurch. Court records said Alametii told an informant that he would “attack random people to avenge the blood.”

He was arrested April 3 at a Bozeman gun range.

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