City of York officials said they kept quiet about a two-month investigation into a Muslim teen who wanted to join ISIS and help kill American soldiers because of a concern about public safety and to ensure the investigation could be completed.
On Tuesday, the 16-year-old who pleaded guilty to a weapons charge, was sentenced to prison until he turns 21. The weapons charge was the only one South Carolina police and prosecutors could bring against him. Terrorism is a federal crime.
Prosecutors could not try the teen as an adult because he only faced a weapons charge and the potential sentence is less than 15 years in prison. Plus, the teen had no prior criminal record.
“A York boy, whose family is from Syria, was charged as a juvenile on a gun charge in York but investigators learned that he was plotting to join ISIS in Syria to fight “jihad” and had linked up with a more militant Muslim in Raleigh, N.C. who wanted to rob a gun store and use the weapons to kill American soldiers. A Family Court Judge sentenced the teen Wednesday to prison that could last until age 21.”