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.READ MORE: Pennsylvania Republicans Vote To Rebuke, Not Censure, Senator Pat Toomey Over Impeachment Vote
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.READ MORE: Pine-Richland School Board Delays Vote On Return To Learning As Group Holds Rally Outside Meeting
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.MORE NEWS: Revolution Pipeline Back In Service Nearly 2.5 Years After Explosion In Beaver County
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