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Man In Halfway House For Terror Charge Returned To Custody After Box Cutter Found

A Minnesota man living at a halfway house while awaiting sentencing on a terror charge was returned back to custody after a box cutter was discovered under his bed, according to a court document filed Monday.

U.S. District Judge Michael Davis ordered Monday that because Abdullahi Mohamud Yusuf had access to the box cutter, “the safety of any other person or the community is at risk.” Davis ordered that Yusuf remain in custody of the U.S. Marshal.

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(credit: Sherburne County)

Yusuf, 19, pleaded guilty in February to one count of conspiring to provide material support to the Islamic State Group, the Associated Press reported.

He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, but was allowed to stay at a halfway house before sentencing and participate in a program aimed to provide him with positive direction and engage him in the community, with hopes of eventually reintegrating him into society.

Yusuf was sent back into custody in April for violating halfway house rules with the box cutter incident, however the alleged violation wasn’t discussed until Monday.

Davis’ order says staff at the halfway house found the box cutter under Yusuf’s bed during a random search of the room he shared with three other males. Yusuf denied knowing the box cutter was under the bed.

Authorities say a handful of Minnesota residents have traveled to Syria to fight with militants and at least one of them has died there. In addition at least 22 young Somali men have traveled from Minnesota to Somalia since 2007 to join the terrorist group known as al-Shabab.

During his plea hearing, Yusuf admitted that he attended meetings in Minnesota in March and April of 2014 in which participants talked about fighting with militants in Syria. Court documents show Yusuf, who was attending high school at the time, applied for an expedited passport soon after he turned 18.

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