ISIS Sympathizer From Miami Sentenced for Illegally Possessing Firearm

A Miami resident and ISIS sympathizer was sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.

Miguel Moran Diaz, 45, was sentenced Monday to 120 months in prison, to be followed by three years of supervised release, following his guilty plea for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

According to court documents and statements made in court, in late January, Diaz came to the attention of the FBI due in part to Facebook postings that included a photo of Diaz possessing a firearm and articles regarding ISIS.

Diaz told an FBI confidential human source (CHS) that he was a convicted felon and could not purchase a firearm.

Still, Diaz asked the CHS to purchase a handgun and other weapons in exchange for $500. Diaz also advised that he already owned a number of firearms.

In January, during a meeting with the CHS, Diaz described himself as a "Lone Wolf" for "ISIS." Diaz indicated that he wanted to acquire a rifle and intended to scratch "ISIS" into the shell casings so that, after an attack, the authorities would find the shell casings and know what group was responsible.

In March, the CHS asked Diaz if he would like to purchase additional ammunition. Diaz stated that he had approximately 500 rounds of ammunition at his residence, but wanted to purchase 500 additional rounds.

Then in April, the FBI arrested Diaz while in possession of a .40 caliber handgun, loaded with fifteen rounds of ammunition, and a magazine containing fifteen additional rounds. A search of Diaz's residence uncovered more firearms and ammunition.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Marc S. Anton and Karen E. Gilbert.

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