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Mississippi Man Accused of Trying to Join ISIS Pleads Guilty

Muhammad Dakhlalla and his fiancee, Jaelyn Delshaun Young, were arrested in August as they allegedly tried to travel to Istanbul.

JACKSON, Miss. — A young Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge, months after authorities say he and his fiancee tried to go to Syria to join ISIS.

Court papers show 23-year-old Muhammad Dakhlalla pleaded guilty Friday to providing material support to terrorism.

Dakhlalla faces up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 fines and lifetime probation.

His fiancee, Jaelyn Delshaun Young, has her trial set for June 6.

The couple was arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight from Mississippi with tickets for Istanbul. Authorities say they contacted undercover federal agents last year, seeking online help in traveling to Syria.