Islamic State sympathizers keep getting closer to home.
On Tuesday a 25-year-old Ohio hospital worker has been indicted on charges of soliciting violence against U.S. military personnel, according to a press release from the Department of Justice.
“Terrence J. McNeil, 25, was indicted on three counts of solicitation of a crime of violence and three counts of threatening military personnel. He was arrested on Nov. 12, 2015, on federal charges that he solicited the murder of members of the U.S. military,” the department wrote.
The indictment claimed that McNeil had several social media accounts including Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter, on which he professed his support ISIS.
His arrest in November came after he reposted a gif file on Tumblr that called for attacks on military members in their own homes, The Huffington Post reported.
The image showed pictures of military members with their names and addresses while soliciting their beheadings.
“Kill them in their own lands, behead them in their own homes, stab them to death as they walk their streets thinking that they are safe,” the gif said according to the report.
“We owe it to our servicemen and women to protect their safety at home after they fought abroad to protect our freedom,” U.S. Attorney Dettelbach said in the press release. “This defendant is charged with urging harm to our men and women in uniform and will now answer for those threats.”
While we aggressively defend First Amendment rights, the individual arrested went far beyond free speech by reposting names and addresses of 100 U.S. service members, all with the intent to have them killed,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen D. Anthony added. “We will remain vigilant in our efforts to stop those who wish to support these despicable acts.”
If convicted each count carries with it a sentence of 20 years in prison while every threat carries a maximum 5 year sentence.
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