Young, 38, of Fairfax, Virginia, and a former police officer, was
sentenced today to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material
support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated
foreign terrorist organization, and obstruction of justice.
Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers,
Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Doherty-McCormick for the Eastern District of
Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s
Washington Field Office made the announcement after sentencing by U.S.
District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.
According to court records and evidence presented at trial, Young was
formerly employed as a police officer with the Metro Transit Police
Department. In late July 2016, Young attempted to provide material
support and resources to ISIS by purchasing and sending gift card codes
that he believed would allow ISIS recruiters to securely communicate
with potential ISIS recruits.
Between Dec. 3, 2015, and Dec. 5, 2015, Young attempted to obstruct
and impede an official proceeding. Specifically, Young believed an
associate of his, who was actually an FBI confidential human source
(CHS), had successfully joined ISIS in late 2014. During an FBI
interview, Young was told the FBI was investigating the attempt of his
associate (the CHS) to join ISIS. Nevertheless, in an attempt to thwart
the prosecution of the CHS and himself, Young attempted to deceive
investigators as to the destination and purpose of the CHS’s travel.
Additionally, in November 2014, Young attempted to obstruct,
influence and impede an official proceeding of the Grand Jury by sending
a text message to the CHS’s cell phone in order to make it falsely
appear to the FBI that Young believed that the CHS had left the United
States to go on vacation in Turkey. In actuality, Young believed the
CHS had gone to Turkey and then to Syria in order to join and fight for
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Gordon D. Kromberg and John T. Gibbs, and
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Evan Turgeon of the Eastern District of
Virginia; and Trial Attorney David P. Cora of the National Security
Division’s Counterterrorism Section prosecuted the case.