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A 20-year-old North Carolina man planned terror attacks and plotted to kill his parents


A North Carolina man accused of plotting terror attacks with a member of the Islamic State group has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge for attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Justin Sullivan, 20, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Asheville to one count of attempting to commit an act of terrorism transcending national boundaries. 

He admitted in court that he planned to kill hundreds of people in North Carolina and Virginia for ISIS.

A sentencing hearing hasn't been scheduled, but a release says he could get a life sentence.

Here's some background

According to court documents obtained by the Washington Post, Sullivan had converted to Islam and announced his support of the Islamic State to his parents who he also tried to have killed.

In September 2014, he started watching videos of Islamic State beheadings on his laptop.

An August indictment said Sullivan spoke with Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State recruiter, in June 2015 via social media about making a video of a terrorist attack in America for ISIS.

These are the texts messages between Sullivan and Hussain.

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