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Texas Teen Pleads Guilty to Recruiting for Pakistani Terror Group

The plot was foiled by undercover law enforcement officers.

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A Texas teenager pleaded guilty on Wednesday to federal terrorism charges after he recruited for a Pakistani terror group.

“Michael Kyle Sewell was arrested in February and pleaded guilty Wednesday morning before federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in Fort Worth,” according to The Dallas Morning News. 

He was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani terror group known commonly as LeT. The group is suspected of operating inside countries surrounding India, including Sri Lanka, and potentially playing a role in the deadly Easter bombings that killed more than 350 people in the island nation.

According to the report, Sewell admitted to encouraging another person to join LeT.

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“Sewell provided the co-conspirator with contact information for someone he believed could facilitate the recruit’s travel to Pakistan,” the report said.

The facilitator, though, was an undercover FBI agent who busted up Sewell’s plot.

“Scheduled to be sentenced Aug. 12, Sewell faces as much as 20 years in federal prison and a fine of as much as $250,000,” according to the report.


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