New York

Pizza shop owner admits trying to recruit people for Islamic State group; faces 22-plus years

A New York pizza shop owner has admitted he tried to recruit people for the Islamic State group.

Mufid Elfgeeh (MOO'-fihd ELF'-gee), of Rochester, pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

The 31-year-old Elfgeeh was born in Yemen and is a naturalized U.S. citizen. He operated a convenience store and pizza shop in Rochester at the time of his arrest in 2014.

Under the plea agreement, Elfgeeh is expected to be sentenced to 22 1/2 years in prison.

Authorities say he tried to recruit three people to join the Islamic State group to fight in Syria. Two of the people were law enforcement informants. He was also charged with having silencer-equipped handguns and plotting to kill U.S. soldiers.