Air Force Vet Guilty of Trying to Join Islamic State Group

March 9, 2016 Updated: March 9, 2016
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NEW YORK—A U.S. Air Force veteran charged with trying to join the Islamic State group has been convicted in New York City.

A federal jury in Brooklyn returned its verdict Wednesday in the case against Tairod Pugh, of Neptune, New Jersey.

It was the first verdict to result from more than 70 cases the government has brought against U.S. citizens accused of trying to support the militant group. Some defendants across the country have pleaded guilty to charges.

During closing arguments Tuesday, defense lawyer Eric Creizman insisted Pugh had no ill intent when he flew to Turkey in January 2015.

Pugh was in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990, when he was trained to install and maintain aircraft engines and navigation and weapons systems.

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