Leon Nathan Davis

Leon Nathan Davis is a supporter of ISIS.Letitia Stein, “Georgia man pleads guilty to attempting to support Islamic State,” Reuters, May 27, 2015, http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/05/27/us-usa-georgia-islamic-state-idUSKBN0OC2RZ20150527. He attempted to travel to Syria and join ISIS in October 2014, leaving behind his job as a medical supplements salesman, a wife of two years, and a stepdaughter.Russ Bynum, Associated Press, “Georgia man pleads guilty to seeking to join ISIS,” News 4 Georgia, May 28, 2015, http://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia-news/georgia-man-pleads-guilty-to-seeking-to-join-isis/33260684Davis was charged with one count of attempting to provide support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.“Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL,” U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, May 27, 2015, https://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2015/georgia-man-pleads-guilty-to-attempting-to-provide-material-support-to-isil.

The FBI arrested Davis on October 24, 2014 at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport while he was checking in for a one-way flight to Turkey.Russ Bynum, Associated Press, “Georgia man pleads guilty to seeking to join ISIS,” News 4 Georgia, May 28, 2015, http://www.news4jax.com/news/georgia-news/georgia-man-pleads-guilty-to-seeking-to-join-isis/33260684. Davis was concurrently violating his parole, which was related to a previous cocaine-trafficking conviction.Erica Wenig, “Georgia Man Pleaded Guilty To Attempting To Support ISIS,” Daily Caller, May 28, 2015, http://dailycaller.com/2015/05/28/georgia-man-pleaded-guilty-to-attempting-to-support-isis/. On May 27, 2015 Davis pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court,“Georgia Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Provide Material Support to ISIL,” U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, May 27, 2015, https://www.fbi.gov/atlanta/press-releases/2015/georgia-man-pleads-guilty-to-attempting-to-provide-material-support-to-isil. and on July 28, 2015, he was sentenced to the legal maximum of 15 years in federal prison.Associated Press, “US Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Jail for Trying to Join Isis: ‘I am an American,’” Guardian, July 28, 2015, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/jul/28/man-sentenced-joining-islamic-state.

Davis converted to Islam while in prison between 2005 and 2008. His defense attorney said Davis became radicalized when he left prison and accessed extremist content online.Associated Press, “‘I am an American’: Man who was ‘ready for jihad’ before attempting to join ISIL sobs as he’s given 15 years prison,” National Post (Toronto), July 28, 2015, http://news.nationalpost.com/news/world/i-am-an-american-man-who-was-ready-for-jihad-before-attempting-to-join-isil-sobs-as-hes-given-15-years-prison.

Davis is currently incarcerated at Florence Federal Correctional Institution in Colorado, with a scheduled release date of January 23, 2028.“LEON NATHAN DAVIS,” Find an Inmate – Federal Bureau of Prisons, accessed April 14, 2021, https://www.bop.gov/inmateloc/.

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