Undercover law enforcement officers have foiled a terrorist plot hatched in America’s heartland. (Dallas Morning News)
An Arlington 18-year-old pleaded guilty Wednesday to a federal terrorism charge after he was accused of grooming a would-be recruit to join a terrorist group and arranging to get him to Pakistan.
Michael Kyle Sewell was arrested in February and pleaded guilty Wednesday morning before federal Magistrate Judge Jeffrey L. Cureton in Fort Worth.
Sewell was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based foreign terrorist organization also known as LeT.
According to Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Texas, Sewell admitted encouraging a person identified in court documents as “Co-conspirator 1” to join the group.
Sewell faces the prospect of 20 years in prison and as much as $250,000 in fine.