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Muslim accused of killing four people in protest against US foreign policy was an ‘ISIS supporter on a one-man jihad’ who featured on a ‘terrorism watch list’

  • Ali Muhammad Brown, 31, was jailed for 36 years for an unrelated robbery
  • Prosecutors in New Jersey claimed Brown is responsible for four murders
  • He is also the first person charged under New Jersey’s 9/11 terror laws  
  • A court heard Brown wrote in a journal he wanted to ‘learn the way of jihad’

An ISIS supporter charged with killing four people across two states in 2014 in a protest against US foreign policy was on a federal terror watch list, prosecutors have claimed.

Ali Muhammad Brown had written in his diary that he had planned to follow ISIS and ‘learn the way of jihadis’ according to prosecutors in New Jersey.

Brown, 31, was jailed for 36 years for an unrelated armed robbery although he now faces trial for the four murders.


Records show Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, has confessed that he killed the men – including University of Richmond student Brendan Tevlin – because ‘all these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life’.

According to prosecutors Brown, views US military intervention in the Islamic world as that ‘evil’ against which he must act.

The armed robbery was committed around the same time as the four murders. According to prosecutors, Brown also faces terrorism charges. This will be the first time that New Jersey’s anti-terrorism statute, enacted after the September, 11, 2001 attacks, will be used.

Before Brown was sentenced for the armed robbery on Wednesday, assistant prosecutor Jamel Sempter revealed the contents of Brown’s journal to an Essex County judge.

The prosecutor also said Brown was on a federal watch list, although he did not elaborate.

Dave Joly, a spokesman for the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, said the agency does not publicly confirm or deny whether an individual is included on its terror screening or no-fly lists.

Brown, who has refused to participate in most of the court hearings, was flanked in court by 10 sheriff’s office deputies.

He said little, refused to sign any papers and once pulled an ear plug out of his ear to better hear a judge’s question.



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