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Government shutdown delays sentencing for Ladson man accused of joining ISIS

Zakaryia Abdin. (Credit: Charleston County Detention Center)

A Lowcountry man who plead guilty of trying to join ISIS will have his sentencing delayed, in part due to the government shutdown, according to the federal court docket.

Zakaryia Abdin was arrested at Charleston International Airport on March 30, 2017, accused of trying to join the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), according to a news release from United States Attorney Beth Drake. He was 18 years old at the time.

Today, it was announced that Abdin received a continuance of his sentencing that was supposed to be handed down on Thursday, Jan. 24.

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That hearing has now been canceled.

"The Defendant seeks adequate time to pursue discovery from the government related to the sentencing, which has been slowed by the need for a national security review and the government shutdown. The court finds that the interest of justice is served by a continuance and outweighs the interest of the public and the defendant in a speedy trial. The motion for a continuance is granted," reads the court docket.

Court documents state Abdin was under watch by the FBI and regularly spoke with an undercover officer for months before his arrest. At the time of his arrest, the same documents indicate, Abdin was willing to die, wanted to kill Americans and wanted to be a sniper or in close combat.

In 2015, Abdin was taken into custody in York County for similar concerns.

He bought two guns and threatened to kill American soldiers. He was convicted, sentenced and released on parole in May 2016.

He faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

According to court docket, both parties are to file a status report in this matter every 30 days until the time the sentencing is rescheduled.


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