USA v. Spain, Casey Charles
Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS)
[EDVA] Casey Charles Spain of Richmond, Va., who is a former convicted felon and supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), was sentenced to 10 years' in prison for a firearms offense, less than three weeks after he was released from prison. Spain was in prison for over seven years after being convicted for abducting a 15-year-old girl with the intent to rape her. Separate and apart from this incident, Spain previously served time in prison for stabbing an individual with a sword. During his most recent period in prison, Spain became radicalized and swore a pledge of loyalty, commonly known as bayat, to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of ISIS. Spain also obtained a tattoo of the ISIS flag on his back, and repeatedly expressed a desire to engage in acts of violence. Spain was reportedly fixated on attacking a target such as the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, and was excited about potentially attacking police stations, as well as an armory in Richmond.