A Pensacola man has been sentenced to three years in federal prison for lying to FBI agents who were investigating his interest in the Islamic State.
In October 2014, Robert Blake Jackson, 31, had material on his Facebook profile including comments, photos and videos expressing support for extremist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. The materials reportedly included graphic ISIL videos promoting the execution of those who oppose ISIL.
In January 2015, a Pensacola telemarketing corporation reported they had recently fired Jackson for viewing ISIL— related and other terrorist-related websites and videos on his work computer, the release said.
In June 2015, during an interview with the FBI, Jackson stated that he never posted any pro-ISIL or violent content, and that he only used the internet at work to search news sites. Upon his arrest in July 2016, Jackson was in possession of an electronic tablet that contained the most recent addition of Dabiq, an ISIL recruitment magazine, as well as audio lectures of Anwar al-Awalki, an al Qaida propagandist. At his plea hearing Sept. 23, Jackson admitted the statements he made to federal agents were false.
Blake was sentenced Friday by Chief Judge M. Casey Rodgers, according to court records.
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