One of three Brooklyn men charged with allegedly plotting to wage war for the terror group ISIS pleaded guilty Friday and faces up to 15 years in prison, federal prosecutors said.
Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 25, also allegedly discussed assassinating President Barack Obama in a post to a pro-ISIS website, according to a criminal complaint.
Juraboev, a citizen of Uzbekistan living in Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement.
"Abdurasul Juraboev was quite clear that he wanted to provide material support to ISIL by fighting in Syria, if not, by his offer to assassinate the President of the United States, or by carrying out a terrorist attack in Coney Island,” New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said in a statement.
"This case is another example of the reach that ISIL has within the United Sates through social media, and the fact that some are willing to follow that call," Bratton said, referring to another name by which ISIS is known.
Juraboev was arrested along with Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, and Abror Habibov, 30, in February.
Juraboev and Saidakhmetov plotted to travel to Turkey and then to Syria to wage jihad, and Habibov helped pay for the plan, prosecutors said.
In postings to a pro-ISIS website in August of 2014, Juraboev allegedly offered to kill Obama if ISIS asked him to, they said. His plans also included planting a bomb on Coney Island, the FBI said.
The cases against Saidakhmetov and Habibov are pending, according to court records.