Burke County Man Pleads Guilty To Attempted Terrorism (2016-11-30 14:32:49)

A Burke County man accused of plotting a U.S. terror attack that he discussed with a member of the Islamic State group pleaded guilty Tuesday morning in a federal court in Asheville.

Justin Sullivan, 20, did speak during Tuesday’s court appearance, saying that prosecutors made up lies about him. In the end he pleaded guilty to attempted acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.

Federal investigators said Sullivan, of Morganton, planned to kill 1,000 Americans. Sullivan admitted he planned a mass casualty shooting attack against innocent people in North Carolina and Virginia. He also admitted he had frequent and direct contact with now-deceased Syria-based terrorist Junaid Hussain.

The investigation into Sullivan started when he attempted to recruit an undercover FBI employee to help him in the attacks. Under the plea agreement, Sullivan agreed to a sentence of life in prison.