Sajmir Alimehmeti, a 24-year-old as known as Abdul Qawii, pleaded guilty to charges of providing material support to ISIS and committing passport fraud to U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in Manhattan.
He faces up to 45 years in prison – 20 years for attempting to join ISIS and 25 years for passport fraud.
He attempted to enter the United Kingdom in October 2014 and was rejected because of nunchucks.
That month, he illegally made false claims to obtain a passport.
A month later, he was rejected entry to the U.K. again because of photos of ISIS flags found on his phone.
After that, he told an undercover agent of his plans to travel to Syria and join ISIS.
Qawaii was arrested in May 2016. Law enforcement found ISIS flag, ISIS propaganda footage, combat knives, and other military equipment.
After his arrest in May 2016, former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara declared the former plumbing assistant had demonstrated “a clear intention to support a terrorist organization that is hell-bent on murder and mayhem.”