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An imam who once ministered to Maryland prison inmates has been investigated by the FBI in connection with an alleged Islamic State-inspired plot in Detroit, according to court documents.

Agents obtained a search warrant for Suleiman Bengharsa's Facebook account in November after telling a judge that agents suspected the imam had helped a man named Sebastian Gregerson to amass an arsenal of weapons.

"There is reason to believe that Bengharsa and Gregerson are engaged in discussions and preparations for some violent act on behalf of ISIL," an FBI agent wrote in court documents, using the government's preferred acronym for the Islamic State.

Read more: Baltimore Sun

A Rhode Island man charged with plotting to help the Islamic State group is expected to plead guilty to conspiracy charges, including a plot to kill conservative blogger Pamela Geller.  A change-of-plea hearing is scheduled for Nicholas Rovinski on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Boston.

The 25-year-old Rovinski is charged with conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.  Prosecutors say Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, plotted with two Massachusetts men to behead Geller. The plot was never carried out.

Prosecutors also allege that Rovinski, while in jail, tried to recruit people to carry out plans for violent attacks in the United States, including the beheading of nonbelievers.  Rovinski’s lawyer says his client now renounces violence and any allegiance to the Islamic State group.

Source: CBS Boston

A Mississippi woman who tried to join the Islamic State group sought to apologize at sentencing Thursday, tearful as a federal judge ordered her to spend 12 years in prison on a terrorism charge.  Vicksburg native Jaelyn Young, who once sought to disguise a planned journey to Syria as her honeymoon, told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock that she finds what she did "surreal," adding she felt shame over her actions and sorrow for the humiliation she caused her family.

"I wasn't myself. I said and did things that were so contrary to me," the 20-year-old Young said, hunching her shoulders as she broke down in sobs. "Much of this remains surreal to me."  "When things really began to snap back into place, then I began to feel shame," Young added.

Read more: ABC News

An Ohio man pleaded guilty on Monday to charges he plotted to attack the U.S. Capitol with guns and bombs and that he sympathized with Islamic State militants.

In an appearance in federal court in Cincinnati, Christopher Cornell, 22, shackled and dressed in black-and-white striped jail clothes, admitted to the charges of attempted murder of government officials, possession of a firearm to commit a crime and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Cornell, who mainly answered the judge's questions with "yes ma'am" and "no ma'am," faces up to 30 years in prison and a lifetime of supervision, according to officials at the hearing.

Read more: Yahoo News

A man already awaiting trial on charges of conspiring to aid the late US-born Al Qaeda preacher Anwar al Awlaki and an Al Qaeda affiliate in Yemen was indicted on Wednesday over accusations he plotted to have the federal judge presiding over the case murdered.

Yahya Farooq Mohammad, 37, was accused in the three-count indictment handed down by a federal grand jury in Toledo, Ohio, with attempting to pay an undercover FBI agent $15,000 to have the judge killed.

“Conspiring to have a judge killed is not the way to avoid being prosecuted - now Mohammad will be held accountable for additional serious federal charges,” Stephen Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Cleveland, said in a written statement released with the indictment.

Prosecutors say Mohammad was introduced to the undercover agent by another prisoner at the Lucas County Corrections Center in Toledo after telling that inmate that he was willing to hire someone to kill US District Judge Jack Zouhary.

Read more: Al-Arabiya