By Steve Neavling
A Mississippi man thanked the FBI for saving his life as he was sentenced to eight years in prison Wednesday for trying to join ISIS.
Muhammad Dakhlalla told a federal judge that he didn’t know at the time what ISIS represented, the Associated Press reports.
The 22-year-old pleaded guilty in March to one count of conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization.
Dakhlalla said he watched Internet videos with his former fiancee, Jaelyn Young, and videos depicted ISIS members helping people in Syria and Iraq. While jailed, he said he learned about ISIS’ violence after watching TV news coverage of the terrorist organization.
“I was completely wrong about what ISIS was,” Dakhlalla told U.S. District Judge Sharion Aycock. “I’ve come to the conclusion that they’re really sick and twisted. They twist Islam for their own agenda. I denounce them. I condemn them.”
His former fiancee, Young, was sentenced to 12 years in prison earlier this month.