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Case Number: 5:20-cr-00488-OLG
Judge: Elizabeth S. Chestney
Court: United States District Court for the Western District of Texas (Bexar County)
Plaintiff's Attorney: United States District Attorney’s Office, San Antonio, Texas
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Description: San Antonio, Texas criminal defense lawyer defended defendant charged with provide material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria (aka ISIS).
Kristopher Sean Matthews, a/k/a Ali Jibreel, age 34, was charged with providing material support to the designated foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham/Syria (aka ISIS).
Matthews pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge to provide material support to ISIS. By pleading guilty, Matthews admitted that since May 2019, he conspired with 22-year-old Jaylyn Christopher Molina (aka Abdur Rahim) of Cost, TX, to provide services to ISIS by administering an encrypted, members-only chat group for persons who supported ISIS ideology; by collecting, generating, and disseminating pro-ISIS propaganda; and by disseminating firearms training materials and bomb-making instructions to each other and to other members of the chat group and others.
Matthews faces up to 20 years in federal prison. He remains in federal custody pending sentencing scheduled for 10:30 am on March 4, 2021, before Chief U.S. District Judge Orlando L. Garcia in San Antonio.
Molina and Matthews were charged by a federal grand jury indictment handed down on October 14, 2020, with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and one substantive count of providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. Molina, who remains in federal custody, faces up to 40 years in federal prison upon conviction.
The San Antonio FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), with valuable assistance from the San Antonio Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Gonzalez County Sheriff’s Office, continues to investigate this case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Roomberg, William R. Harris, and Eric Fuchs and DOJ Trial Attorneys George C. Kraehe and Felice J. Viti of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section are prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
18:2339B.F PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT OR RESOURCES TO TERRORISTS (Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization)
18:2339B.F PROVIDING MATERIAL SUPPORT OR RESOURCES TO TERRORISTS (Providing Material Support to a Designated Foreign Terrorist Organization, Aid and Abet)
Outcome: Defendant pleaded guilty.