NC man accused of supporting ISIS pleads not guilty to federal weapon charge

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Donald Ray Morgan
Donald Ray Morgan

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A North Carolina man accused of actively trying to be part of the terror group ISIS appeared in federal court today in Greensboro.

Donald Ray Morgan, 44, of Salisbury, plead not guilty to one count of possession of a firearm by a felon. He is scheduled to be back in court in October.

Morgan was arrested by the FBI as he arrived at John F. Kennedy International airport from Germany on Aug. 2.

Morgan is a convicted felon who is wanted in Rowan County on federal weapon charges.

Following his arrest, prosecutors in New York argued Morgan should remain in custody because he had been posting questionable messages on social media in support of the terrorist group ISIS.

“My reason for the support of ISIS is because they’ve proven time and time again to put Islamic law as the priority and the establishment of an Islamic state as the goal,” Morgan told NBC News earlier in the summer when he was in Lebanon.

Morgan has been a military academy student, special forces aspirant, law enforcement officer and bodybuilder.

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