UPDATE: SC teen pleads guilty of trying to fight for the Islamic State

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – The latest on a Zakaryia Abdin’s case:

11:40 a.m.

A South Carolina teenager has pleaded guilty to trying to fight for the Islamic State group.

Federal court documents show 19-year-old Zakaryia Abdin pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

The charge carries a possible 20-year prison sentence.

Abdin was arrested at Charleston’s airport in March 2017 as he tried to board a plane for Jordan. Authorities say he told an agent posing as an Islamic State recruiter he wanted to torture an American.

At age 16, authorities say Abdin talked about robbing a gun store to get weapons to kill soldiers as revenge for American military action in the Middle East.

He was arrested, pleaded guilty, and a parole board agreed to his early release after a year in jail.

4:25 a.m.

A South Carolina teenager accused of trying to fight for the Islamic State is expected to enter a guilty plea.

Federal court documents show a change of plea hearing is scheduled in Charleston on Wednesday for 19-year-old Zakaryia Abdin.

Abdin was arrested at Charleston’s airport in March 2017 as he tried to board a plane for Jordan.

Authorities say that he told an undercover agent posing as an Islamic State recruiter that he wanted to torture an American and would attack a U.S. site if he couldn’t get out of the country.

It wasn’t immediately clear to what charge Abdin was expected to plead. He has been jailed since his arrest on a charge of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

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