California man pleads guilty to trying to join Islamic extremists in Syria, faces 15 years

Prosecutors say a California man is facing up to 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to trying to join Islamic extremists in Syria.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Sacramento says 22-year-old Nicholas Teausant entered the plea Tuesday to one count of attempting to provide material support of resources to a foreign terrorist organization.

Teausant was arrested in March in Washington state. Prosecutors say he planned to travel to Canada and then on to Syria to join the Islamic State group and discussed his plans with an FBI informant.

Teausant's lawyers said he was mentally ill. He had previously been found incompetent to stand trial but was ruled competent in August.

He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

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