A federal complaint was unsealed Friday, charging Everitt Aaron Jameson, 26, of Modesto, with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions and United States Attorney Phillip A. Talbert made the announcement.
Jameson was arrested Friday and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Barbara A. McAuliffe in Fresno, California.
According to court documents, Jameson had several online interactions with a confidential source in which he expressed support for the October 31, 2017, terrorist attack in New York City and offered his services for “the cause.”
(Everitt Aaron Jameson was arrested on Friday and is accused of planning an ISIS-inspired Christmas Day suicide attack on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. Courtesy of Fox News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 22, 2017)
In subsequent communications with an undercover agent, Jameson referred to his training in the U.S. military and noted he had been trained for combat and war.
Jameson later met with another undercover agent whom he believed to be associated with the senior leadership of the foreign terrorist organization, ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIL).
During his interactions with this undercover agent, Jameson offered to carry out violent acts and to provide financial support for the terrorist organization.
“The Department of Justice works resolutely every day to prevent terrorist attacks,” said Attorney General Sessions on Friday.
“In my time back at the Department, nothing has impressed me more.”
“Today, our incredible law enforcement officers have once again helped thwart an alleged plot to kill Americans.”
“I want to thank the FBI agents and federal prosecutors and everyone else who helped make this possible.”
“The threat from radical Islamic terrorism is real—and it is serious—but the American people can be assured that the Department of Justice remains vigilant in protecting our homeland.”
(Federal officials say they’ve arrested a man who they say was planning a terror attack on Christmas Day in San Francisco in support of ISIS. Courtesy of CBS News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 22, 2017)
“I want to express my thanks to the FBI for working in partnership with my office on this case,” added U.S. Attorney Phillip A. Talbert.
“We are grateful that our hardworking law enforcement partners remain vigilant in protecting our communities, especially during this holiday season.”
This case was the product of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorneys Dawrence W. Rice and Christopher D. Baker are prosecuting the case, together with Trial Attorney Brenda Sue Thornton from the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Counterterrorism Section.
If convicted, Jameson faces a maximum statutory penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Any sentence, however, would be determined at the discretion of the court after consideration of any applicable statutory factors and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, which take into account a number of variables.
The charges are only allegations; the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.