BURKE COUNTY, N.C. — The father of a 19-year-old, accused of supporting ISIS, told the 911 operator that his son was destroying religious items in his home, according to WBTV.
“I don’t know if it’s ISIS or what,” Rich Sullivan said about his son, Justin.
Rich Sullivan told the 911 dispatcher that the family was afraid to leave the house because his son had destroyed things in previous incidents as well.
In the 911 call Justin Sullivan can be heard in the background saying, “Why are you trying to say I’m a terrorist? They’re gonna put me in jail my whole life and I’m gonna die in jail.”
The call prompted federal authorities to investigate the teen’s activity.
Authorities began monitoring the teen in April and reported that he wanted to purchase a silencer for an AR-15 assault rifle.
WBTV reported that federal court documents show that Justin Sullivan indicated to an undercover agent that he planned to kill about 1,000 Americans and send a video of the killings to ISIS.
Justin Sullivan was arrested Friday and now faces charges of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, receipt of a silencer with intent to commit a felony, and possession of an unregistered silencer.
He could face 40 years in prison if convicted.
Justin Sullivan is set to appear before a judge for a bond hearing on Wednesday.
If convicted on all counts, he could face up to 40 years in prison.
Rich Sullivan told WBTV he couldn’t forgive his son for what happened, but still loves him.