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Suburban Chicago Man Sentenced to More Than 13 Years in Prison for Conspiring to Provide Material Support to ISIS

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Illinois

CHICAGO — A man from a north suburb of Chicago was sentenced today to more than 13 years in federal prison for conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham, a foreign terrorist organization also known as ISIS.

U.S. District Judge Andrea R. Wood imposed the 162-month sentence on EDWARD SCHIMENTI, 39, of Zion, Ill.  A jury in 2019 convicted Schimenti on one count of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS, and one count of making false statements to the FBI.

The sentence was announced by John R. Lausch, Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; and Emmerson Buie, Jr., Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the FBI.  The Zion, Ill., Police Department provided valuable assistance.  The case was investigated by the Chicago Joint Terrorism Task Force, which is comprised of numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies.  The government was represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Jonas and David Rojas of the Northern District of Illinois, and Trial Attorney Alexandra S. Hughes of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Evidence at trial revealed that Schimenti advocated on social media for violent extremism in support of the terrorist group.  In 2015, Schimenti began meeting with undercover FBI employees and individuals who, unbeknownst to Schimenti, were cooperating with law enforcement.  During the meetings, Schimenti discussed his devotion to ISIS and his commitment to ISIS principles. 

In 2017, Schimenti furnished cellular phones to one of the cooperating individuals, believing the phones would be used to detonate explosive devices in ISIS attacks overseas.  On April 7, 2017, Schimenti drove with the cooperating individual to O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, with the understanding that the cooperating individual would be traveling to Syria to fight with ISIS.

A co-defendant, JOSEPH D. JONES, 39, of Zion, Ill., was also convicted of the conspiracy charge.  Judge Wood last month sentenced Jones to 12 years in federal prison.

Updated April 9, 2021

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