Lackawanna man to be sentenced for supporting ISIS

Jun 11, 2018

The government is recommending a 15-year sentence for a Lackawanna man who traveled to Turkey to try to join the Islamic State group.

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Arafat Nagi, 47, faces sentencing Monday in federal court in Buffalo, where he pleaded guilty in January to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Prosecutors say Nagi traveled to Turkey in 2012 and 2014 with plans to meet members of the Islamic State group. They say he bought body armor, a machete and night vision goggles and watched violent videos.

In pre-sentencing filings, federal prosecutors cite a history of violence and Nagi's three-year quest to join the Islamic State group in recommending the 15-year sentence. He was planning another trip at the time of his 2015 arrest.