Mesquite man gets prison for lying about allegiance to ISIS

A Mesquite man has been sentenced to four years in prison after pleading guilty to lying to U.S. agents about pledging allegiance to the leader of ISIS, federal prosecutors say.

Bilal Abood, 38, was sentenced Wednesday. He pleaded guilty in October to making a false statement involving international terrorism to a federal agency.

The FBI said he also traveled to Syria to fight against the Syrian government.

Prosecutors have said that after being denied boarding of a 2013 flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, Abood said he was traveling to Iraq to visit family.

Abood later traveled through Mexico and eventually reached Syria. U.S. agents interviewed Abood after his return and he denied supporting terrorist groups.

FBI officials said Abood pledged an oath to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS, on June 19, 2014.

Abood had been viewing ISIS atrocities online and had used his Twitter account to tweet and retweet information on al-Baghdadi, according to a search warrant.

The FBI says that Abood spent time at his Mesquite apartment watching propaganda videos of ISIS, including beheadings.

In a previous interview, the girlfriend he moved in with told FOX 4 he only used his computer to play videogames.

"I think it's B.S.," Barbara Strebeck said. "I think it's a bunch of craziness because of the fact that he didn't lie to no one. He told the truth."

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