An attempt was made to provide material support to the Islamic State terrorist group by Kevin Iman McCormick, 29, of Hamden, Connecticut.
Between August and October 2019, McCormick expressed his desire to travel to Syria and fight for ISIS. During a conversation in October 2019, McCormick said, “I gotta fight bro, because those people, Abu Masa and ISIL, they fought for me bro, I know it, I can feel it, in my heart. So it’s my time to fight . . . It just is what it is bro, it’s just my – it’s just my time to go bro.”
Upon being asked where he would like to travel, McCormick replied, “I don’t know, I don’t know bro – it’s gotta be like Syria. Where ISIL is at….whichever place is easiest, whatever place I can get there the fastest, the quickest, the easiest, and where I can have a rifle and I can have some people bro. That’s what I need, I need a rifle and I need some people, I need Islamic law, I need, that’s what I need, because if I have these things, it’s gonna to be very hard to kill me.”
McCormick attempted to board a flight from Connecticut to Jamaica on October 12, 2019, but was prevented by Homeland Security. A subsequent conversation with McCormick revealed that he was planning to travel to Jamaica, and then proceed to travel to Syria to join ISIS. In addition, he stated that he wanted to get access to weapons.
McCormick pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader, Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi, in a video he made on October 19, 2019.
The arrest of McCormick took place after he traveled to a small Connecticut airport, where he planned to board a flight to Jamaica
Since McCormick’s arrest, he has been detained.
The maximum sentence for providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization is 20 years in prison.