Federal officials charged Lionel Nelson Williams was charged Monday with attempting to provide material support to ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization.
Williams was arrested Wednesday in Suffolk.
According to the court affidavit, in October and November 2016, Williams ,of Suffolk, Virginia, sent money to a person he believed was collecting money for ISIS to purchase weapons and ammunition for ISIS fighters.
Williams, 26, also posted content on social media indicating his support for ISIL and attacks targeting police officers, military and armed civilians.
In addition, the investigation revealed that Williams ordered an AK-47 assault rifle the day after the terror attack in San Bernardino, California, in December 2015. Two firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle consistent with the appearance of an AK-47, were recovered in a post-arrest search of Williams’ residence.
Williams faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.
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