Federal investigators say 19-year-old Shelton Bell attempted to provide support for a Jihad terrorist plot. He has been indicted for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
The Department of Justice announced a grand jury indictment charging a local teenager for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.
He has been identified as 19-year-old Shelton Thomas Bell. According to the indictment, Bell planned to travel to the Arabian Peninsula, an alias for Al-Qaida and participate in "Jihad" activity. The indictment alleges between May 2012 and September of 2012, Bell and others participated in training and other preparation for armed conflict in the Middle East described as "the actions of Jihad." Bell is accused of trying to gain the help of others, including minors to travel overseas. Investigators say he engaged in making audio and video recordings to be distributed to others once he arrived in the Middle East.
The case was investigated by the FBI's Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force. If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison for both charges.