USA v. Hendricks, Erick
Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)
[NDOH] Erick Jamal Hendricks of Charlotte, NC, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). Hendricks tried to recruit people to train together and conduct terrorist attacks in the United States on behalf of ISIL. According to the complaint, authorities arrested Amir Al-Ghazi in the Northern District of Ohio for attempting to purchase an AK-47 assault rifle and ammunition from an undercover law enforcement officer. Hendricks had contacted Al-Ghazi over social media to recruit him in the spring of 2015. Hendricks allegedly told Al-Ghazi that he "needed people" and wanted to meet in person; that there were several "brothers" located in Texas and Mexico; that he was attempting to "get brothers to meet face to face;" and that he wanted "to get brothers to train together," according to court documents and trial testimony. Hendricks was sentenced to 15 years in prison for attempting to provide material support to ISIS.