More than a year after being caught on gangplank for a cargo ship to Yemen, a Bronx man and his wife from Alabama pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to join the ISIS terrorist organization.
In Manhattan Federal Court, James Bradley, 21, and his wife, Arwa Muthana, 30, each pled guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.
The feds claim Bradley’s interactions with an undercover cop led to his convictions.
According to authorities, he initially wanted to carry out a terror act in the United States during a chat in May 2020, identifying the West Point military institution as a potential target.
According to court filings, eight months later, in a January 2021 chat with the same undercover cop, Bradley discussed carrying out a truck assault with his wife at an undisclosed institution where he frequently saw Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets training.
Bradley gave a second undercover law enforcement agent $1,000 in March 2021 for assistance in “fighting among the ranks[s]” of the militant extremist group.
The agent informed Bradley that he would assist him and his wife travel to Yemen on a cargo ship from a seaport in Newark, New Jersey.
According to federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, agents apprehended the young couple boarding the ship on March 31, 2021, with Muthana surrendering her rights while in detention and declaring she was “ready to fight and kill Americans.”
Both from Hoover, Alabama, Bradley and Muthana will be sentenced in February. Requests for comment from their attorneys were not returned.