Illinois National Guardsman Pleads Guilty in Islamist Plot to Murder Over 100 Innocents
Hasan Edmonds, from Illinois, were arrested for trying to join ISIS in March.
Army National Guard Spc. Hasan Edmonds, 22, was arrested at Chicago Midway International Airport Wednesday night while he was attempting to fly to Cairo. His cousin Jonas Edmonds was also arrested.
Court records from suburban Atlanta show that Jonas Edmonds was charged along with two others in the 2004 armed robbery of a McDonald’s restaurant. He pleaded guilty in 2005 and was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Records show he was released in June 2010.
Global Post reported:
A US soldier pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring with his cousin to attack a suburban Chicago military base with the aim of killing over 100 people, prosecutors said.
Hasan Edmonds, 23, was a soldier in the US Army National Guard when he began communicating online in January with an FBI agent pretending to be an Islamic State fighter in Libya.
Edmonds admitted to giving the purported militant advice on “how to fight and defeat the US military,” the plea agreement said. He said he and his cousin were ready to conduct an attack in the United States.
Edmonds and his cousin began meeting with another undercover agent in March who pretended to help Edmonds plan a trip to Mosul, Iraq to join the Islamic State group.
They also discussed a plan for Jonas Edmonds, 30, to use his cousin’s military uniforms to attack the base in Joliet, Illinois where Hasan Edmonds was assigned.
Jonas said he wanted the undercover agent to help him achieve a “body count” of 100 to 150 people.