Fabjan Alameti, who was arrested at a Bozeman shooting range in April, pleaded guilty on Wednesday to charges of making false statements involving terrorism to the FBI, said U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme.
According to a press release from the U.S. Attorrney's Office, Alameti pleaded guilty to two counts of false statements to a federal officer in a matter involving terrorism. He faces up to eight years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and three years of supervised release.
According to court records, prosecutors said Alameti had been part of a terrorism investigation by the FBI in 2018. Alameti traveled to Bozeman in March 2019 and agreed to speak with an FBI agent. During that interview, Alameti said he had never talked about traveling overseas to fight for ISIS and that he had never wanted to hurt any Americans or anyone in the military, or words to that effect.
The statements were false because Alameti used a Facebook account and communicated with others that he wanted to travel overseas and fight for ISIS because he wanted to die a martyr’s death.
Alameti also communicated with others about targeting people in the United States and identified targets as gay night clubs, a federal building and an Army recruiting center. Alameti admitted making statements to an individual that he wanted to “shoot people or something,” “I will attack random people to avenge the blood,” and “I’m going to Montana and gonna (sic) buy a gun since all they need is a background check and ID.”
Law enforcement arrested Alameti in April at a Bozeman shooting range after he allegedly took possession of a M1A he had rented.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto presided during the hearing; sentencing for Alameti has been scheduled for December 13 before Chief U.S. Judge Dana L. Christensen. Alameti was detained pending further proceedings.
(MAY 6, 2019) The man who was arrested in April at a Bozeman shooting range for making false statements involving international terrorism denies the charges.
Fabjan Alameti, 21, of New York, pleaded not guilty to a four-count indictment charging him with three counts of false statements to a federal officer in a matter involving terrorism and one count of possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance.
He had recently traveled to Bozeman from New York.
Alameti was ordered to be detained pending further proceedings. A detention hearing is set for May 15.
If convicted of the most serious crime, Alameti faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release, according to the Department of Justice.
Alameti has been in custody since April 3, 2019 when FBI agents arrested him at a shooting range in Bozeman after he allegedly took possession of an M1A firearm he had rented.