York County teen pleads guilty to trying to help ISIS

Posted August 8, 2018 12:25 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

A York County teen accused of trying to help ISIS pleaded guilty Wednesday.  Zakariya Abdin pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

Abdin was arrested in 2015 for plotting to kill U.S. troops.  He was released in 2016 after a year in juvenile detention.  In March 2017, officials arrested him again while he was trying to fly to the Middle East.  Abdin made his appearance in federal court in Charleston.

Abdin inspired a South Carolina bill to stop suspected terrorists.  Lawmakers introduced the bill earlier this year. It includes harsher penalties for those who commit and support terrorism.