The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia said in a Monday statement that 29-year-old Casey Charles Spain was released from prison in August.
The statement says that after his release he discussed on recorded calls his desire to travel overseas and join the militant group. He also came under FBI surveillance.
Prosecutors say Spain also discussed his plans to buy a semi-automatic handgun with a 50-round magazine.
A confidential FBI source provided Spain with a Glock handgun rendered inert for safety reasons. He initially attempted to escape arrest and was apprehended.
An ISIS supporter who was caught in possession of a firearm weeks after his release from a Virginia prison last year will now do time in federal prison.
Casey Charles Spain, 29, of Richmond, who became radicalized while in state Department of Corrections custody and swore a pledge of loyalty to the leader of ISIS, was sentenced to the maximum 10-year term Monday by U.S. District Judge John A. Gibney Jr.
Casey Charles Spain, 29, of Virginia was found in possession of a firearm, the DOJ announced Monday. This act was in violation of his parole and also illegal for felons in the state. The incident occurred less than three weeks after he finished serving seven years in prison for abducting and attempting to rape a child. U.S. District Judge John Gibney, Jr. sentenced Spain to another 10 years in prison in accordance with the mandatory minimum sentence for gun crimes.
Spain, who had the words “Cop Killa” tattooed on his face and the flag of ISIS tattooed on his back, pleaded guilty last year to a charge of possession of a firearm by a felon. He was indicted in September for possessing an inoperable 9 mm Glock handgun given to him by an unidentified FBI source.
Convicted in Henrico County in 2006 of malicious wounding and in 2010 of abduction with the intent to defile, Spain was released from the Greensville Correctional Center on Aug. 11.
He was arrested shortly after he was handed the firearm outside his home early on the morning of Aug. 31.
In pleading guilty, he admitted he became radicalized while behind bars and expressed a desire to engage in violence.
Two confidential sources who had contact with Spain in prison reported that Spain had sworn a pledge of loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State group.
“We have seen in Europe how extremist networks are created and cultivated in prisons with large populations of jihadis,” Meleagrou-Hitchens told The Wall Street Journal. “As this contingent continues to grow in U.S. federal prisons, we are likely to see similar patterns here.”
Spain also told the sources that he wanted to travel overseas to engage in jihad on behalf of the extremist group and that if he could not travel, he would commit acts of violence against targets in the U.S.
He was kept under surveillance after his release and on Aug. 31, and as part of an undercover operation, he was provided the Glock and members of the FBI Richmond SWAT team moved in to arrest Spain. He attempted to escape by running and was quickly apprehended.
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