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Huntsville terrorism suspect Aziz Sayyed expected to plead guilty to federal terrorism charge
WHNT News 19
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Huntsville man accused of planning a terrorist attack in Madison County last June, will plead guilty to a federal terrorism charge, court records show.
Aziz Sayyed, 22, will enter a guilty plea to a charge of attempting to provide material support or resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization – ISIS — records show.
Last summer the Madison County District Attorney’s office accused Sayyed of planning to bomb a police station and claimed that swift action by law enforcement prevented the act from being carried out. In new documents filed by federal prosecutors, Sayyed is accused of watching ISIS propaganda videos, praising ISIS, learning bomb-making and offering his services to the group.
A change of plea hearing is set for Thursday in Birmingham, where Sayyed is expected to enter a guilty plea.
His attorney Bruce Gardner said the plea deal with federal prosecutors includes a recommendation to the court for a 15-year prison sentence. The charge carries up to 20 years in prison. Gardner said the plea deal also includes a recommendation for lifetime monitoring of Sayyed.
“I don’t think there’s any question but that now that the FBI, federal authorities could have proven that he was radicalized,” Gardner said.
The case had been handled in state court in Alabama since Sayyed’s arrest on June 15, 2017 and he’d been housed in the Madison County jail since that time.
Sayyed was awaiting indictment in state court, but court records show on Tuesday federal prosecutors submitted a charging document outlining their case against Sayyed.