Dayton man accused of trying to support ISIS found guilty
DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - A Dayton man accused of trying to travel to Syria and join ISIS has been found guilty of attempting to support a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Laith Waleed Alebbini was arrested in April 2017 at the Cincinnati/Kentucky International Airport. Authorities say the 28 year old came to the FBI's attention in January of 2017 after he tried to enter the Turkish embassy in Washington D.C.
After his arrest, Alebbini waived his right to a jury trial and instead he faced a bench trial before U.S. District Judge Walter Rice. He was found guilty of one count of attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS and one count of conspiring to do the same.
This was the first international terrorism trial in the southern district of Ohio.
According to a criminal complaint, Alebbini is a citizen of Jordan who has been a legal, permanent resident here in the U.S. since 2014. He was reportedly questioned by the FBI in January 2017, during which time Alebbini told agents he'd posted pro-ISIS videos on his Facebook page in the past, he also told agents "I am the perfect recruit for ISIS," the complaint said.