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Castelli Reaches Plea Agreement On ISIS-Related Charges

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MAYSVILLE, Ky. (The Ledger Independent)-- A Maysville woman charged with terrorism was a member of an invitation-only Facebook group in which many members voiced their support for the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, also known as ISIS, according to court documents.

In late November, Marie Antoinette Castelli, 57, agreed to enter a guilty plea in the case and is scheduled to be sentenced March 23 in U.S. District Court in Covington.

Castelli was arrested Sept. 9, 2016, near her Maysville home by FBI agents and has remained in federal custody since that time.

Castelli was named in a grand jury indictment handed down in Sept. 2016 claiming that on or about Oct. 19, 2015, in Mason County, she "did knowingly transmit in interstate and foreign commerce via the Internet, communications intended to be a threat to injure the person of another ... containing the names and addresses of Victims 1, 2 and 3, and including a link to a publicly-viewable document on the Internet that described Victims 1, 2 and 3 and their families, displayed their photographs, and stated that others should locate and execute Victim 1."

A second count alleged that Castelli made "false, fictitious and fraudulent statements and representation in a matter involving terrorism within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the Government of the United States" when she lied to FBI agents about the number of phones she possessed.

Under the plea agreement, Castelli will enter a plea to two counts that she is guilty of "aiding and abetting others, did knowingly transmit in interstate and foreign commerce via the Internet, communications intended to be a threat to injure the person of another ..."

According to the plea agreement, Castelli stated in a social media post made from her home in Maysville "A great sister on Twitter published the addresses of the kafir men who killed Sheikh Awlaki and his son with the drone praying the mujahideen will send someone for justice," and included a link to a publically-viewable document describing the victims and their families as targets, displaying their photos and stating others should locate and execute one of the victims. That link contained a five-page document calling for the killing of certain United States service members and their families, along with the full names, photographs, dates of birth and other information of three service members and their families.

Castelli also participated in online discussions and disseminated information and propaganda supporting violence against the West and the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate, a religious state governed by an Islamic leader.

The charges carry a maximum punishment for each of five years imprisonment, a $250,000 fine, and three years supervised release, for a total maximum of 10 years imprisonment. The agreement calls for a 90-month prison sentence and three years supervised release.     

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