Illinois National Guardsman accused of ISIS plot held until trial

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

CHICAGO -- Saying he was an imminent threat to society, prosecutors wanted 22-year-old Hasan Edmonds to remain in a federal lockup until trial -- and Monday the judge agreed.

But it was his defense attorney who told judge Sheila Finnegan he wasn't ready and needs more time to study up on the case. Edmonds, an Illinois Army National Guardsman is accused of trying to join ISIS.

He and his cousin, 29-year-old Jonas Edmonds, were arrested last week.

Prosecutors say the cousins planned to kill 150 people, likely targeting the Joliet armory, where Hasan Edmonds was trained.

Hasan Edmonds was arrested on Wednesday at Midway Airport as he was trying to get on a plane to fly to Cairo, Egypt.

The FBI said he planned to leave the country and allow his cousin to disguise himself in his uniform and attack the base where he had been training.

Edmonds joined the National Guard in 2011 after high school graduation. He served with the 634th Brigade Support Battalion in Joliet.

In several online exchanges, he allegedly said that if he was unable to get to Syria, he would stay in the U.S. and "fight and die here in the name of Allah," and that the best way to beat the U.S. and its Army was to "break their will."

The aunt of Hasan and Jonas says she just can't believe the charges against them.

Tiffany Edmonds says her nephews converted to Islam just a few years ago, but she hadn't talked to them in months.

She was supposed to see Hasan at her daughter's birthday party this Friday. Instead, she'll see him again in court. The next court date is set for April 6.


Latest News

More News