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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Fort Worth Man Pleads Guilty To Conspiring to Provide Material Support to Foreign Terror Group

A Fort Worth man today pleaded guilty to a federal terrorism charge, announced U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas Erin Nealy Cox and Assistant Attorney General for National Security John C. Demers.

Michael Kyle Sewell, 18, who was arrested in February, formally pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to conspiracy to provide material support to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani-based foreign terrorist organization also known as LeT. 

According to court documents, Sewell admitted to encouraging an individual identified in court documents as coconspirator 1 to join LeT.

Sewell provided the coconspirator, who he spoke to on social media, with contact information for an individual he believed could facilitate the coconspirator’s travel to Pakistan to join LeT.  Unbeknownst to Sewell and the coconspirator, the facilitator was an undercover FBI agent.

Sewell and the coconspirator discussed what the coconspirator should say to the undercover agent who posed as the facilitator, in order to gain the facilitator’s trust and be permitted to join LeT.  Sewell also contacted the facilitator to vouch for the coconspirator’s authenticity.

Sewell now faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.  He will be sentenced on August 12 in Fort Worth.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and its Joint Terrorism Task Force members, including the Arlington Police Department, the Fort Worth Police Department, the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, the Naval Criminal Investigation Service, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Texas Department of Public Safety conducted the investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jay Weimer prosecuted the case.

Topic(s): 
Counterterrorism
Contact: 
Erin Dooley, Public Affairs Officer 214-659-8707 erin.dooley@usdoj.gov
Updated May 8, 2019