Mosque Attack Montana Arrest

This April 4, 2019, file photo, released by the Missoula County Sheriff’s Office, shows Fabjan Alameti, 21.

A New York man arrested at a Bozeman shooting range pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges accusing him of making false statements involving international terrorism to the FBI.

Fabjan Alameti, 21, is charged with two counts of false statements to a federal officer involving international terrorism. He appeared in federal court in Missoula before U.S. Magistrate Judge Kathleen L. DeSoto.

Chief U.S. Judge Dana Christensen will sentence Alameti on Dec. 13. Alameti faces up to eight years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The FBI had been investigating Alameti since 2018 for terrorism, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

The release said Alameti came to Bozeman in March and spoke with an FBI agent. Alameti made statements to the agent that he had never talked about traveling overseas to fight for ISIS and that he never wanted to hurt any Americans or anyone in the military.

The FBI agent, however, found Alameti’s was talking with others on Facebook about going to “fight for ISIS because he wanted to die a martyr’s death,” the release said. Alameti also talked about targeting people in the United States, gay nightclubs, a federal building and an Army recruiting center.

The release said Alameti admitted making statements that he wanted to “shoot people or something” and “I will attack random people to avenge the blood.” He also said “I’m going to Montana and gonna (sic) buy a gun since all they need is a background check and ID.”

Alameti was arrested in April after he allegedly rented an M1A rifle at a Bozeman shooting range.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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Freddy Monares covers politics and county government for the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

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