A 21-year-old North Carolina man was sentenced on Tuesday, after his arrest last June for assisting the Islamic State. Justin Sullivan plotted with ISIS to kill 1,000 Americans, and now he will spend the rest of his life in prison.
According to investigators, Sullivan was plotting to kill numerous people at some kind of concert or large venue with an assault rifle. He planned to but the rifle at a gun show, but he was arrested the day before the gun show.
FBI Special Agent John Strong said, “Justin Sullivan had elaborate plans to kill hundreds of innocent people to show his support for the terrorist organization, ISIL,” he continued, “During the course of our investigation, evidence was uncovered linking Sullivan to John Bailey Clark’s murder six months earlier.”
A recently unsealed federal indictment against Sullivan linked him to the previously unsolved 2014 murder of John Bailey Clark, 74, a neighbor of Sullivan and his parents. Sullivan is suspected of killing his neighbor, and burying him in a shallow grave.
It was Sullivan’s father, a retired Marine, who tipped off investigators in April 2015 to his son’s suspicious behavior after he began pouring gasoline over religious figurines in the family’s home.
The investigation included using an undercover officer to figure out Sullivan’s intent.
According to the Charlotte Observer, FBI agents found a .22-caliber rifle, a black ski mask, muddy clothes and a lock pick kit in the crawl space of the Sullivan home. Documents indicate the FBI seized a number of Sullivan’s personal items, including computers, a journal, the money believed stolen from Clark and 18 books related to warfare and weapons.
Sullivan will later stand trial for the murder of Clark and he could face the death penalty.
ISIS supporter, Justin Sullivan, told the court he’s not a bad person, “things just happened.” Feds say he plotted to kill hundreds. pic.twitter.com/hHUMn0TWaL
— David Sentendrey (@DavidFox46) June 27, 2017
Is it bad that I hope he does get the death penalty? We are better off without scumbags like him.