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Feds: Jacksonville man allegedly supported terrorists

8:32 AM, Jul 19, 2013   |    comments
Shelton Thomas Bell
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A Jacksonville man was indicted by a grand jury on Thursday for allegedly training to participate in "violent armed conflict" with terrorists.

Shelton Thomas Bell, 19, has been charged with conspiring and attempting to provide material to support terrorists, according to a release from the office of Acting U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley III.

Bell is already being held in the Duval County Jail on charges of grand theft, organized fraud, false insurance claims and knowingly participating in an intentional motor vehicle crash, according to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office inmate records.

Between May-September 2012, he allegedly participated with Ansar Al-Sharia in "physical, firearms, and other training in preparation for armed conflict in the Middle East," the release detailed. According the indictment, Bell also made videos and recruited juveniles to participate in what he called "the actions of jihad."

A juvenile even traveled to Amman, Jordan with Bell in September 2012 to meet with someone who could help them get to Yemen to participate in "violent jihad."

Bell is being held on a $200,012 bond for his previous charges and and is scheduled to appear in court on those charges on August 1, according to JSO records.

The federal case against Bell was investigated by the FBI's Jacksonville Joint Terrorism Task Force.



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