Lionel Nelson Williams

Charged: December 21, 2016
Affiliation
ISIS
State
Virginia
District
Eastern District of Virginia
Sting
Yes
Involves Informant
No
Charges
  • Material support
FISA Notification
No
Pleaded Guilty: August 16, 2017
Details
Lionel Nelson Williams
  • Age
    Unknown
  • Gender
    Male
  • Race
    Unknown
The FBI received a complaint that Lionel Nelson Williams had been posting ISIS propaganda on Facebook and had recently acquired an AK-47 assault rifle. An FBI inquiry into Virginia firearms sales data revealed that Williams had purchased the AK-47 from an online dealer the day after the San Bernardino shootings. Undercover FBI employees, posing as ISIS members, began to correspond with Williams online. Williams provided one of the undercover employees with account information to access $200 from a prepaid cash card. When Williams was arrested, FBI agents found in his possession a semi-automatic handgun and the AK-47 rifle.