Air Force vet guilty of trying to join Islamic State group

In this Feb. 24, 2016, courtroom sketch, Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, right, sits at the defense table with his attorney Zachary S. Taylor, left, during jury selection in a federal court in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Pugh, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former airplane mechanic charged with trying to join the Islamic State, will be among the first Americans to go on trial as a result of the U.S. government's pursuit of dozens of suspected sympathizers of the militant group. (AP Photo/Elizabeth Williams)

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Air Force veteran charged with trying to join the Islamic State group has been convicted in New York City.

The New York Times reports that the federal jury in Brooklyn returned its verdict Wednesday in the case against Tairod Pugh, of Neptune, New Jersey.

It was the first verdict to result from more than 70 cases the government has brought against U.S. citizens accused of trying to support the militant group. Some defendants across the country have pleaded guilty to charges.

During closing arguments Tuesday, defense lawyer Eric Creizman insisted Pugh had no ill intent when he flew to Turkey in January 2015.

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