Houston man accused of trying to join IS pleads guilty

July 8, 2019
FILE - In a Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 file photo, eighteen-year-old Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya, left, is brought in for hearing at the Federal Court in Houston. Prosecutors say 20-year-old Damlarkaya of Houston pleaded guilty Monday, July 8, 2019 to trying to join the Islamic State group. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle via , File)

HOUSTON (AP) — A Texas man who planned to travel overseas and shared information on making bombs and using machetes has pleaded guilty to trying to join the Islamic State group.

Prosecutors say 20-year-old Kaan Sercan Damlarkaya of Houston pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Damlarkaya, who is a U.S. citizen, was arrested in December 2017 following an undercover FBI investigation. He remains in custody pending sentencing in Houston and faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

Investigators say Damlarkaya shared information on making and using weapons with people he thought also supported IS.

Authorities found a machete near Damlarkaya’s bed.

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