Prison-based terror leader pleads guilty in war threat conspiracy

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champGregory Patterson of Inglewood is scheduled to plead guilty to charges on Monday, while the fourth man, Hammad Samana, also of Inglewood, has been declared incompetent to stand trial and is confined to a hospital, Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas McCormick said. Authorities say the defendants — who intended to finance their alleged activities by robbing gas stations — were members of a radical Islamic organization known as Jam’iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh, which was run by James while incarcerated at California State Prison-Sacramento. James admitted during his court appearance that he founded JIS in prison based on his interpretation of Islam, and that he preached targeting the U.S. government and Jewish people in retaliation for their policies regarding Muslims. He said Muslims must be allowed to rule themselves under Islamic law and he described “Jihad as the only true anti-terrorism” act, McCormick said in reading a “factual basis” for the guilty plea. According to McCormick, James also wrote, “Nor are we concerned with loss of life … for martyrdom is automatic paradise.” James called on recruits to acquire firearms with silencers and to find contacts to either acquire explosives or to learn how to make bombs, McCormick said. At the conclusion of the statement, Carney asked James: “Do you dispute any of those facts?” James said, “No.” The federal probe was spearheaded by the FBI’s Long Beach Joint Terrorism Task Force, which also includes members of the the Los Angeles Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Torrance Police Department; the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the Long Beach Police Department. All but Samana are U.S. citizens. Samana is a legal U.S. resident from Pakistan. Authorities said the investigation began when Torrance police received a tip about robberies in Los Angeles and Orange County. After tailing Washington and Patterson for two days, Torrance officers allegedly saw them rob a Chevron station in Fullerton. Police arrested the pair and later searched the South Los Angeles apartment they shared. The search reportedly turned up materials that led police to believe the men were plotting terrorist attacks. For more news and observations about crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SANTA ANA – The founder of a prison-based terrorist organization and a parolee pleaded guilty today to conspiracy to levy war against the United States through terrorism. Levar Haney Washington, 28, who also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to possess a firearm, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison when he appears before U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney on April 28. Kevin James, 31, could be sent to prison for 20 years when he is sentenced March 31. Washington and James were among four men indicted in 2005 for what authorities said was their roles in a plot to attack American military facilities, Israeli government offices and synagogues in the Los Angeles area. last_img

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