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Texas man admits material support to Islamic State group

Dec. 4, 2017 at 11:52 p.m.


HOUSTON — A Houston-area man pleaded guilty Monday to providing material support to the Islamic State group under a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors.

Under terms of the agreement, Asher Abid Khan, 23, of Spring must fully cooperate with any further federal investigation of his case.

In return, prosecutors will drop five other counts of the indictment against him.

Khan could get up to 15 years in prison, but prosecutors agreed not to oppose leniency in sentencing if he's true to his agreement.

If he had gone to trial and been convicted of all charges, Khan could have been sentenced to life in a federal prison.

Prosecutors initially alleged Khan used social media to join and support IS, but his attorney has said he used social media to persuade another Texas man not to join the IS.

The indictment alleged that Khan, a U.S. citizen, traveled from Australia to Turkey in February 2014 as part of a plan to join the Islamic State in Syria. But once he got to Turkey, Khan had a change of heart and returned to his home in suburban Houston.

He was supposed to rendezvous in Turkey with Sixto Garcia, of McAllen.

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