Man accused of trying to join Islamic State pleads guilty

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – A young Mississippi man has pleaded guilty to a terrorism charge, months after authorities say he and his fiancee were trying to go to Syria to join the Islamic State.

Court papers show 23-year-old Muhammad Dakhlalla of Starkville pleaded guilty Friday to providing material support to terrorism.

Dakhlalla faces up to 20 years in prison, $250,000 fines and lifetime probation.

His fiancee, Jaelyn Delshaun Young, is also accused of attempting to join the Islamic State. Her trial is set for June 6.

The couple was arrested Aug. 8 before boarding a flight from Columbus, Mississippi, with tickets for Istanbul. Authorities say they contacted undercover federal agents last year, seeking online help in traveling to Syria. Both are jailed.