Madison man trying to help ISIS sentenced to 10 years in prison

Madison man trying to help ISIS sentenced to 10 years in prison
Joshua Van Haften

A Wisconsin man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday after pleading guilty in October to attempting to join the Islamic State group , court officials said.

Joshua Van Haften, formerly of Madison, will also be put on lifetime supervision for attempting to provide material support to the terrorist organization, officials said.

The 36-year-old Van Haften was charged in 2015 with trying to cross from Turkey to Syria to join the Islamic State group. He was arrested in April 2015 after he returned to Chicago from Istanbul. Court documents said he was to meet a contact to take him into Syria but nobody appeared, and he returned to Istanbul.

A psychologist found Van Haften competent to stand trial, which Van Haften didn’t challenge.

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