Burke County teen faces life in prison for ties to ISIS

ASHEVILLE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) -- UPDATE: A Burke County teenager accused of supporting ISIS will spend the rest of his life in prison.

Justin Sullivan was sentenced to life imprisonment Tuesday in federal court for planning murderous attack in support of ISIS.

During the his sentencing, Sullivan told the court that he's "not a bad person," and that, "things just happened."

According to investigators, Sullivan, who was still a teenager at the time of his arrest, was planning to buy an assault rifle from a local gun show and slaughter at least 1,000 people during a concert in Charlotte.

Sullivan's father, a retired Marine, was the one that tipped investigators off about his son's suspicious behavior. 

When asked if he could forgive his son, Rich Sullivan told FOX 46 Charlotte, "I can't forgive him."

The Department of Justice says that Sullivan was communicating with an undercover agent and told the agent that he planned "minor assassinations to get ready for the major attack."

The DOJ believes that Sullivan went through with a least on of those assassinations. He is suspected of killing his neighbor, John Clark, 74, and burying him in a shallow grave.  Sullivan will later stand trial for the murder charges where he could face the death penalty. 

ORIGINAL STORY:

A Burke County teenager accused of supporting ISIS will be sentenced in federal court Tuesday morning following is arrest in 2015.

According to investigators, Justin Sullivan, who was still a teenager at the time of his arrest, was planning to buy an assault rifle from a local gun show and slaughter at least 1,000 people during a concert. 

Sullivan's father, a retired Marine, was the one that tipped investigators off about his son's suspicious behavior. 

The Department of Justice says that Sullivan was communicating with an undercover agent and told the agent that he planned "minor assassinations to get ready for the major attack."

The DOJ believes that Sullivan went through with a least on of those assassinations. He is suspected of killing his neighbor, John Clark, 74, and burying him in a shallow grave.  

Tuesday's sentencing surrounds the terrorism charges. Sullivan faces life in prison. He'll later stand trial for the murder charges where he could face the death penalty. 

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