California terror suspect denies US attack plot

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Updated: 8/27 7:12 pm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A terrorism suspect from Central California says in a jailhouse interview that he never intended to carry out attacks in the United States.

The Sacramento Bee reported Wednesday that Nicholas Teausant told its reporters in two interviews that he is not dangerous and has been victimized by the FBI for his words and boasts, which he said got out of hand.

The 20-year-old Lodi man is charged with attempting to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS. He is being held without bail in Sacramento.

His lawyer, who says Teausant suffers from mental illness, says he hopes to negotiate a plea bargain with the U.S. Department of Justice. Federal officials declined comment.

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