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Date: Jun 21, 2019

The parents of a suspected Islamic State member from the UK branded "Jihadi Jack" are facing jail after being found guilty of funding terrorism.

Sally Lane, 57, and John Letts, 58, were found not guilty of a second count of the same charge and the jury was undecided on a third.

They stood trial accused of sending or trying to send £1,723 to their son Jack Letts, who left his family home in Oxford in 2014 aged 18 to travel to Syria, where he is currently in prison.

Read more: Sky News

A former inmate at Blackwater River Correctional Institution in Milton claimed he threatened to blow up the secretary of state and several judges around Florida "for the cause of the Islamic State," a federal indictment issued this week said.

Noah D. Stirn, 24, was indicted on 12 counts Tuesday relating to letters to state and federal agencies he allegedly sent out while a state inmate between April and May. The letters threatened to use "C4" and "car bombs" to do harm to public officials, Lawrence Keefe, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, announced today.

He was originally charged by a criminal complaint sworn out by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI affidavit said Stirn admitted to writing threatening letters to the Florida Secretary of State, the Social Security Administration, and several U.S. courts in Pensacola, Miami, Gainesville, Panama City and Tallahassee.

Read more: Tallahassee Democrat

Over a period of eight months spanning from 2017 to early 2018, five deaths had links to the Atomwaffen Division, a violent neo-Nazi group.

FRONTLINE and ProPublica first investigated Atomwaffen, which has secretive cells throughout the United States, in Documenting Hate: New American Nazis. The film explores how the white power organization promotes lone wolf activity, which on its face can often appear as random, isolated incidents, but has much more entrenched commonalities.

Documenting Hate chronicled the cases of three men accused of murder — all members or associates of Atomwaffen. Here is what has happened in the cases since the film first aired in November 2018.

Read more: PBS

A high school student charged in a classmate's death during a Colorado school shooting told police that he planned the attack for weeks and intended to target classmates who repeatedly mocked his gender identity.

Written summaries of police interviews with the two suspected shooters portray 16-year-old Alec McKinney as the leader of the attack, enlisting 18-year-old Devon Erickson in the plan to kill the students who bullied McKinney, who identifies as male.

Both teenagers told police that they broke into a gun safe at one of the teenager's homes before walking into the STEM School Highlands Ranch on the afternoon of May 7 with a guitar case and a backpack concealing four guns.

McKinney "said he wanted the kids at the school to experience bad things, have to suffer from trauma like he had had to in his life," the document said. "He wanted everyone in that school to suffer and realize that the world is a bad place."

Read more: ABC News