MTN News- GREAT FALLS – Nicholas Teausant, a man with ties to Great Falls, has pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support or resources to a foreign terrorist organization.
Teausant was arrested in March 2014 in Washington.
He spent five months in the Great Falls public school system, and attended Great Falls High School from August of 2010 through January of 2011.
Teausant planned to travel to Canada and then on to Syria to join the Islamic State — often referred to as ISIS or Daesh.
He discussed his plans with a friend who was actually an FBI informant.
The Los Angeles Times reported that Teausant made his interests known on social media, even posting comments under an alias on Instagram, authorities said.
“Don’t get me wrong I despise america and want its downfall but yeah haha,” Teausant wrote. “I been part of the army for two years now and I would love to join Allah’s army but I don’t even know how to start.”
U.S. Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said, “One of the things this case points out is the danger of ISIS radicalizing people. It’s a real danger and it can reach individuals anywhere, from any background.”
Teausant, 22 years old, could face up to 15 years in prison when is sentenced in March 2016.
Reported by: Shannon Newth