A North Carolina man who tried and failed to join the terror group ISIS
was sentenced to more than 20 years in prison, the Department of Justice announced today
Donald Ray Morgan, 44, was arrested last August at New York’s JFK airport after returning from the Middle East. There, he had tried to travel from Lebanon
and on to Syria
to join ISIS but was stopped at the Istanbul airport and sent back to Lebanon.
In Lebanon, Morgan told a freelance journalist
working for NBC News he wanted to join ISIS because “they’ve proven time and time again to put Islamic law as the priority and the establishment of an Islamic state as the goal.”
“I would not classify myself as a radical, but by western definition I would be classified as a radical,” he said then. “I just consider myself to be a practicing Muslim.”