Justin Sullivan, Life Sentence for Terrorism


After two years of trial, Justin Sullivan finally heard his sentence–Life. Who is Justin Sullivan? Most of us across the country have heard little or nothing about this 21 year old young man. Why, because he does not fit the narrative the Muslim Brotherhood and their Democrat partners want the country to become aware of now. Media coverage has been minimal. Literally in two years from indictment until sentencing last week, very little made its way into MSM coverage.

At 17, Justin was a typical teen going to school, seemingly innocent, shy, and then completely withdrawn from everything but his computer. That is until records revealed that in September 2014 after listening online to radicalizing propaganda from fervent ISIS imams, he became an Islam convert.

According to Martin Lioll of Conservative Tribune, the prosecutors said that the internet and social media played a large role in Sullivan’s radicalization.

“They know this is a way to win the hearts and minds of American youth or those who may be disenfranchised in some way,” U.S. Attorney Jill Westmoreland Rose said after the sentencing hearing. “Certainly the use of social media by foreign terrorist organizations, particularly ISIS, is one of the ways that they’re most effective.”

“I liked IS from the beginning then I started thinking about death and stuff so I became Muslim,” he allegedly told an undercover agent he tried to recruit to help him carry out the bloodbath.

Not only did he become a convert to the religion, but he embraced totally the murderous ideology and with encouragement online began plotting not a visit to the Middle East but a movement to convert the US . Apparently he immersed himself in watching ISIS training videos, beheadings, and other equally gruesome murders on ISIS websites and possibly found on You Tube. (Hopefully these videos or any other radical ISIS propaganda are no longer accessible on You Tube. I have my doubts on this though since You Tube’s censorship runs more to shutting down Christian or conservative sites.)

As part of that “initiation” he planned and carried out the killing of an elderly hermit-type neighbor according to court information for which he has still to stand trial. Subsequent investigation uncovered Sullivan’s link to the December 2014 shooting death of John Bailey Clarke, a 74-year-old recluse who lived near the Sullivan home.

CBS News reported he contacted Junaid Hussain, a now-deceased recruiter for the Islamic State group from Syria. Hussain had asked Sullivan to take a video of the attack so that it could be used in propaganda videos for the group, a request Sullivan said he would carry out.

Along with that death, he also began plotting to kill as many Americans as he could and began setting up plans for the conversion of the US into the Islamic State of North America. According to documents from the two-year-old case, Sullivan planned to unveil his “Islamic State of North America” with an attack on a concert or club that would kill hundreds of people.

In 2015 his retired Marine captain father became very worried and feared for the safety of his wife and himself. He discovered that Justin had destroyed all religious materials in the house along with his other bizarre behavior and placed one of the hardest calls any parent must make–911–to report his son. According to the January 2016 indictment, Justin became worried that his parents would interfere with his plans. To that end he communicated with what he thought was an ISIS co-conspirator but was in reality an undercover agent who became involved after the 911 call. Justin asked that the agent kill his parents.

“Justin Sullivan had elaborate plans to kill hundreds of innocent people to show his support for the terrorist organization, ISIL,” FBI Special Agent in Charge John Strong said in a statement.

After the trial, Sison, Justin’s federal public defender from Asheville, called a Durham psychologist who testified that Sullivan’s mental condition was very unstable and that full-fledged schizophrenia might result from prison treatment or being housed with hardened inmates. Dr. Jim Hilkey under oath testified that Justin remained ardent in his Islamic beliefs and had not expressed remorse.

As part of the sentencing, Judge Reidinger ordered that Sullivan undergo a psychological assessment, with the findings to help determine where he should be held. Even after this decision, Justin still faces murder charges for the old neighbor that is separate from the current sentencing in federal court.

On June 27th, 2017, Justin filed into court with other prisoners to hear his sentencing. U.S. District Judge Martin Reidinger handed down the sentence while Justin stood silently slouching slightly in his inmate jumpsuit while showing little emotion or remorse. Judge Reidinger called Sullivan’s plot a “cold and calculated” conspiracy of ISIS-inspired terror and sent the now 21-year-old Morganton man to prison for the rest of his life.

As Justin left the courtroom, the Justin’s father gave a statement.

“As parents, we’re not happy,” Rich Sullivan, Justin’s father, said after the sentencing. “As Americans, we accept what just happened.”



As of June 23, 2016 according to DeathPenaltyInfo.org,  “since 1988, the federal government has taken to trial a total of 202 federal death penalty cases involving 295 defendants in 231 trials. These 295 defendants were culled from a larger pool of 503 against whom the Attorney General had authorized the government to seek the death penalty. 236 of the 488 defendants avoided trial by negotiated plea.” This occurred in the case of Justin Sullivan.

According to The Intercept;

The U.S. government has prosecuted more than 800 people for terrorism since the 9/11 attacks. Most of them never committed an act of violence.

Over the last 15 years, the U.S. government has quietly released more than 400 people convicted on international terrorism-related charges, according to a data analysis of federal terrorism prosecutions by The Intercept.

Among them is one of the Herald Square bombers, who plotted to attack the New York subway in 2004. Shahawar Matin Siraj and James Elshafay, egged on by informant Osama Eldawoody, conspired to plant bombs at the Herald Square station.  Two of the men who operated the website RevolutionMuslim.com — Jesse Curtis Morton and Joseph Cohen — were released. Some of the more than 400 people convicted on terrorism-related charges and freed since 9/11 appear from government evidence to have been involved in genuine plots or to have been connected to dangerous actors. Others are quietly reintegrating into society through halfway houses, or “residential re-entry management centers,” in the language of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

During the remainder of President Donald Trump’s first term in office, for example, 67 people convicted on terrorism-related charges are scheduled to be released, according to The Intercept’s data analysis.  In congressional testimony, FBI Director James Comey and Robert Mueller have specifically mentioned foiled plots from sting operations as examples of jobs well done, all part of a larger, ongoing pitch to justify to Congress and the public the more than $3 billion the FBI spends every year on counterterrorism efforts.


Typical MSM cover up, dodge or censorship in order to keep from documenting truth over denigration of President Trump. They don’t want to have any of their liberal buddies to turn on them. That or they don’t have the talent pool anymore to actually report truth.


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6 Responses to Justin Sullivan, Life Sentence for Terrorism

  1. I.R. Wayright says:

    Make legislation that makes anyone siding with, aiding or abetting ISIS or any murderous associated organization, subject to treason charges and the death penalty. It’s time to quit pussy footing around with these brain dead idiots.

    • Uriel says:

      I agree. Top of the list Congress members!

    • Dynalady says:

      Per your idea, they’d be able to indict Kathy Griffin right now. Her beheaded Trump photo stunt constituted ‘siding with.’ Utterly & completely beyond the pale.

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  3. Felinity says:

    More on his parents via the link below. Too bad they didn’t keep better tabs on their son’s Internet interests years ago — esp. with Rich Sullivan being a retired MARINE!

    Semper Fi/Your son says “DIE”!

    Lord, what a mess.


  4. Popular Front says:

    What a sweet little boy. He’s going to make a lot of felons happy as a prison bitch.