CLEVELAND (AP) – A man, who authorities said thought he was working with an al-Qaeda operative to scout locations for a July 4 terror attack in downtown Cleveland, has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

The U.S. Justice Department said 50-year-old Demetrius Pitts, of Maple Heights, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to attempting to provide support to a terrorist group and for threats against President Donald Trump and his family.

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Authorities said Pitts wanted to recruit people between 2015 and 2017 to kill Americans. He met with an undercover FBI agent posing as an al-Qaeda operative in 2018 to discuss plans for a terrorist attack during July 4 fireworks.

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Pitts’ attorney declined to comment about the plea.

Pitts is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 11 and could face as many as 14 years in prison.

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