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Modesto man arrested for 'Christmas Terror Plan'

A Modesto man is under arrest and charged with plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack in San Francisco on Christmas day.

Posted: Dec 23, 2017 3:19 PM

A Modesto man is under arrest and charged with plotting an ISIS-inspired terror attack in San Francisco on Christmas day.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation found a letter in the suspect's home referring to President Trump recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital as well as guns and ammunition.

The FBI filed charges Friday against 26-year-old Everitt Jameson, a tow truck driver from Modesto, California.

Jameson made his first court appearance in Fresno, he's accused of plotting an attack at San Francisco’s busy tourist attraction, Pier 39.

Court papers say Jameson planned to "use explosives" to "funnel" the crowd into a location where he could "inflict casualties."

He allegedly told an undercover agent Christmas would be the "perfect day" for the attack, which would have been a suicide mission because Jameson was "ready to die."

Jameson’s father and step-sister say they're stunned by the accusations.

"Loss of words, it's shocking really."

They say Jameson was Muslim but not radicalized.

He attended the Raiders football game with his father last weekend.

"Everything was the same, just the same."

The FBI says Jameson was inspired by ISIS.

They say he was plotting an attack that would have involved both firearms and a vehicle.

Jameson is a former US marine.

He was discharged for failing to disclose he had asthma.

In September, an FBI informant told the bureau that Jameson appeared to have been radicalized.

On Facebook, he often "liked" or "loved" posts that were pro-ISIS or pro-terrorist.

He’s charged with attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.

Agents say Jameson praised the deadly truck attack in New York City in October and the 2015 shooting in San Bernardino.

Jameson could spend 20 years in prison if convicted.

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