South Carolina Man Gets 30 Years for Setting Jihad Bombs

Wesley Dallas Ayers (Photo: Anderson County Sheriff’s Office)

Source: Clarion Project, February 10, 2019

A South Carolina man was sentenced to 30 years in prison after placing weapons of mass destruction in Anderson County.

Wesley Dallas Ayers, 27, pleaded guilty to the charges against him. He pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in letters and warned of a jihad, according to an investigator’s testimony in federal court.

One of the explosive devices detonated, injuring one person, while two others he planted were defused. Ayers also placed three fake devices in various locations with notes attached to them that more powerful bombs were yet to come.

He was arrested after a month-long joint investigation by the FBI; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office as well as other law enforcement agencies.

Authorities who searched Ayers’ property said that there were signs consistent with the building of explosive devices.

Ayers will also be subject to five years of supervision upon his release.