Sheffield Lake man pleads guilty to supporting ISIL

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SHEFFIELD LAKE, Ohio-- A Sheffield Lake man accused of supporting the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

Amir Said Rahman Al-Ghazi, 39, pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and two counts of being in possession of firearms. Al-Ghazi changed his name from Robert C. McCollum last year.

“This case is a stark reminder that ISIL does not present an abstract threat,” Acting U.S. Attorney Rendon said in a news release on Wednesday. “Through social media and other means, ISIL and groups like it seek to radicalize people of all backgrounds into its world of violence.”

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Al-Ghazi pledged his support to ISIL on social media in 2014, then tried to convince others to join the cause.

He also said he wanted execute his own attacks on the United State and tried to buy an AK-47 assault rifle, court documents said.

Al-Ghazi will be sentenced on June 23.