A college dropout and Muslim convert who threatened the creators of the "South Park" cartoon series and then tried to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group in Somalia is facing a prison term of up to 30 years.
Zachary A. Chesser of Bristow, Va., pleaded guilty last year to supporting the al-Shabab terrorist group in Somalia and posting online threats against the "South Park" creators for an episode he perceived as insulting to the Prophet Muhammad. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Thursday morning in U.S. District Court in Alexandria.And now a lengthy prison term seems the reality for the "revert".
Chesser posted a warning on the website RevolutionMuslim.com last April following the 200th episode of "South Park," which included a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad disguised in a bear suit.
Chesser, who just two years earlier was studying foreign languages at George Mason University, wrote on the site that Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the cartoon's creators, "will probably end up" like Theo van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker who was murdered in 2004 after making a film critical of Islamic society.
"It's not a threat, but it really is a likely outcome," Chesser told FoxNews.com last April. "They're going to be basically on a list in the back of the minds of a large number of Muslims. It's just the reality."...
Update: "Jihadi" is only the latest identity of a Virginia lad who, according to his "pen-pal," was on a quest to find himself, and who tried on many costumes before settling on the one that ultimately did him in:
Chesser converted to Islam in the summer of 2008 while playing on a soccer team organized by a member of the Islamic proselytizing group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He had donned other personas growing up, including brief stints with Goth and rapping/break dancing.Should've stuck with the Goths.