ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Virginia man accused of trying to join the Islamic State and fight in Syria has been ordered to remain in jail pending trial.
A federal magistrate on Thursday ordered 28-year-old Joseph Farrokh of Woodbridge to remain jailed despite a recommendation from pretrial services officers to release him to his parents' custody.
Prosecutors say Farrokh conspired with three men he thought were ISIS facilitators to fly overseas and make his way to Syria. He was arrested Friday at the Richmond airport prior to departure.
Court papers state Farrokh told undercover informants that he wanted to chop the heads of his enemies and die a martyr.
At Thursday's hearing, Farrokh's lawyer said his client is a devout Muslim who may have spoken rashly, but that doesn't prove he is a terrorist.