Morganton teen allegedly planned to kill for ISIL

Staff Writer

A Burke County, North Carolina, man has been charged with
attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a
designated foreign terrorist organization, announced Assistant Attorney General for National
Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose of the Western District of
North Carolina and Special Agent in Charge John A. Strong of the FBI’s Charlotte, North
Carolina, Division.

The criminal complaint was filed yesterday in federal court, charging Justin Nojan Sullivan,
19, of Morganton, North Carolina, with one count of attempting to provide material support to
ISIL, one count of transporting and receiving a silencer in interstate commerce with intent to
commit a felony, and one count of receipt and possession of an unregistered silencer,
unidentified by a serial number. Sullivan was arrested in his home on Friday, June 19, 2015,
without incident.

“As alleged in the complaint, the defendant was planning assassinations and violent
attacks in the United States and is charged with attempting to provide material support to ISIL
and federal firearms violations,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “The National Security
Division’s highest priority is counterterrorism and we will continue to pursue justice against
those who seek to provide material support to designated foreign terrorist organizations.”

The criminal complaint alleges that the FBI became aware of Sullivan’s plans to obtain a semi-automatic AR-15 rifle at the Hickory Gun Show in Hickory, North Carolina, on June 20, 2015, which he planned to use to kill a large number of U.S. citizens on behalf of ISIL.

On June 19, 2015, the FBI, with the support of the Hickory, North Carolina, Police Department, the Burke County, North Carolina, Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, arrested Sullivan at his home and located the silencer at his residence, which Sullivan had received earlier that day. No one was harmed during the arrest.