Greenville man gets 10 years for gun charge after trying to join ISIS, US Attorney says

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GREENVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A Greenville man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on a gun charge after investigators say he tried to join ISIS.

51-year-old Michael Bruce Messer, Jr. pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, according to the United States Attorney’s Office.

Messer will have to serve 120 months followed by court-ordered supervision.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives found a .38 caliber pistol at Messer’s residence when they met with him on April 11, 2018.

Later, when they returned to his home with a search warrant in May 2018, they found another .38 caliber pistol, ammunition, and items related to ISIS.

FBI investigators say they found that Messer had posted a message in an online forum that he was interested in joining ISIS and was volunteering to be a suicide bomber.

Messer was prohibited from having firearms due to his previous state and federal convictions from 1986 to 2018.

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