Edward Schimenti (also known by his Muslim name of ‘Abdul Wali’) was convicted of one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS and one count of making false statements to the FBI in 2019 for providing phones to an informant that he thought the Islamic State would use as detonators. He told the informant “I want to see blood flowing.”
Daily Mail (h/t Thereza B) Schimenti was first charged alongside Joseph D. Jones back in 2017, four years ahead of Friday’s sentencing. U.S. District Judge Andrea Wood said Schimenti was more culpable of the two men, who were convicted by a jury in 2019.
But she also said the crime was ‘on the less serious end of a scale that starts at a very serious level,’ the Chicago Sun-Times reported. Last month, Jones was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison following his conviction on a conspiracy charge.
Schimenti didn’t know that he was dealing with a government informant when he agreed to get phones to use as detonators, according to prosecutors.
‘Drench that land with … they blood,’ Schimenti told the man before taking him to an airport for a purported trip to Syria, according to the government.
The FBI began investigating the Zion, Illinois, man based on social media posts in favor of the Islamic State.
Prosecutors allege Schimenti wrote on social media, ‘Islamic State will control your country, matter of fact, Islam will dominate the world!!’
Schimenti also allegedly prominently displayed the Islamic State flag on his Google+ account.
The feds set up a ‘ruse scenario’ to help determine the intentions of Jones and Schimenti, though their lawyers claim they were entrapped.
An undercover agent who referred to himself as Omar allegedly struck up a friendship with Jones after the latter was summoned to a police station in regards to the murder of a friend.
According to prosecutors, Omar informed Jones that he knew someone who could help Jones travel to the Islamic State, although that turned out to be another undercover agent, called Bilal.
Jones and Schimenti then met with Omar and Bilal on December 29, 2015, a meeting prosecutors say Schimenti left when he became suspicious upon being asked about pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
In November 2016, an informant was allegedly sent to Schimenti’s employer, where he earned a job and started socializing with Schimenti.
The informant learned that Schimenti had a brother in the Islamic State and that he aimed to join his brother in Syria, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors claim Schimenti trained the informant at a local gym, where Schimenti expressed a desire to ‘cut the neck’ of non-believers.
Additionally, the informant allegedly relayed to Schimenti about how Islamic State fighters could use cell phones as bombs and told the two men about a YouTube video demonstrating the tactic.
Schimenti later allegedly helped gather cell phones for the informant while declining payment for his work.’I know where they’re going,’ Schimenti said. Schimenti also said ‘I want to see blood flowing, either way’ during a shopping trip with the informant.