"Stop terrorism before it occurs:" Two people in separate cases plead guilty to terrorism charges
UPDATE (5:43 pm) -- Two people who lived in southeast Wisconsin are convicted for trying to help the terrorist group, ISIS.
Waheba Dais and Yosvany Padilla-Conde entered guilty pleas in federal court on Monday.
"Today's convictions send a clear message the Department of Justice, the FBI, each member of the Joint Terrorism Task Force are committed to utilizing all legal means to investigate and prosecute terrorism to the fullest extent of the law and stop terrorism before it occurs," said Matthew Krueger, United States Attorney for Eastern District of Wisconsin.
Investigators say she hacked Facebook accounts, disseminated information about how to make explosives, and encouraged others to conduct terrorist attacks.
She was arrested in June of 2018.
Yosvany Padilla-Conde's case goes back to 2016. He's a Cuban national who lived in Milwaukee during the time of the offense. According to court documents, he assisted Ludke, as Ludke attempted to join ISIS by traveling from Wisconsin to Mexico, then to Syria and Iraq. Both men were traveling to the Texas/Mexico border when they were found and arrested.
Ludke was convicted in 2018.
On Monday, Dias pleaded guilty to attempting to providing material support and resources to ISIS. Padilla-Conde pleaded guilty to aiding and abetting an attempted to provide material support to the terrorist organization.
"The FBI and partners have no tolerance who seek to do harm against the United States through their support or providing resources to terrorist organizations," said Michelle Sutphin, FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge.
Padilla-Conde will be sentenced August and Dias will be sentenced the following month.
Both face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison with a fine of $250,000.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Wisconsin mother of seven pleaded has guilty to trying to plan terrorist attacks on behalf of the Islamic State group by distributing information on making explosives and biological weapons.
Waheba Issa Dais (dys) entered her plea Monday but the agreement was finalized last month. She initially pleaded not guilty to two counts of providing material support to terrorists but prosecutors dropped one of the charges in exchange for her guilty plea.
Court documents say she used hacked social media accounts to discuss possible attacks with self-proclaimed members of the Islamic State. Prosecutors say Dais tried to recruit people to carry out attacks and provided information on making explosives and poisons.
Dais lives in Cudahy, a city just south of Milwaukee. She faces up to 20 years in prison when she is sentenced Sept. 12.