Ster­ling man gets 20 years in prison in ter­ror in­ves­ti­ga­tion

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - VIRGINIA SUNDAY IN -

ALEXAN­DRIA — A North­ern Vir­ginia man in­ves­ti­gated by the FBI af­ter his fam­ily re­ported that he had con­verted to Is­lam and may have been rad­i­cal­ized has been sen­tenced to 20 years in prison.

Sean Dun­can was sen­tenced in fed­eral court in Alexan­dria on Fri­day. Dun­can had pleaded guilty in April to ob­struc­tion of a ter­ror probe and re­ceipt of child pornog­ra­phy.

Dun­can and his wife were de­nied en­try to Tur­key in 2016. Court doc­u­ments say a rel­a­tive then ap­proached the FBI say­ing Dun­can es­poused rad­i­cal views, in­clud­ing sup­port of be­head­ings. Agents also found ev­i­dence of child pornog­ra­phy. When au­thor­i­ties ar­rived to search his home in Ster­ling, Dun­can fled barefoot, toss­ing a bag with a thumb drive bro­ken into pieces.

The 22-year-old later ad­mit­ted that he had es­poused sup­port for the Is­lamic State ex­trem­ist group since 2015.

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