Joshua Ryne Goldberg

Charged: September 10, 2015
Affiliation
ISIS
State
Florida
District
Middle District of Florida
Sting
Yes
Involves Informant
Yes
Charges
  • Importation, manufacture, distribution, or storage of explosive material
FISA Notification
No
Pleaded Guilty: December 20, 2017
Sentenced: June 28, 2018
Imprisonment
10 years
Supervised Release
life
Restitution
$100
Details
Joshua Ryne Goldberg
  • Age
    23
  • Gender
    Male
  • Race
    White
Joshua Ryne Goldberg, who lived in a suburb of Jacksonville, Florida, was an online troll whose fake personas included an ISIS-affiliated extremist in Australia, a feminist who tried to raise awareness of sexual exploitation, and a white supremacist, among others. While using the persona "Australi Witness," a purported ISIS affiliate, Goldberg claimed credit for the attack on Pamela Geller's "Draw Muhammad" event in Garland, Texas. Goldberg later asked an FBI informant to build and detonate a pressure-cooker bomb at a September 11 memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri. Goldberg reportedly suffers from Asperger's syndrome and mental health problems, including depression, according to his lawyer.