JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 19-year-old accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists made his first appearance Thursday in a federal court in Jacksonville.
Shelton Bell answered the judge's questions with yes or no at his appearance in U.S. District court Thursday afternoon. None of his family members were present.
Bell waived a detention hearing, which means he'll be held without bond. His arraignment was set for 10:30 a.m. Monday.
A federal grand jury indicted Bell on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists. He was being held at the Duval County jail on unrelated state charges.
According to the indictment, Bell had planned to travel to the Arabian Peninsula and join Ansar Al-Sharia. That's an alias for al Qaeda there.
Investigators reported that Bell and others engaged in physical, firearm and other training to prepare for armed conflict in the Middle East.
If convicted as charged, Bell could get up to 30 years in prison, 15 years on each charge, a $250,000 fine and a $100 assessment fee the day of his sentencing.
He could face up to 10 extra years in prison if he breaks his supervisor lease that he will be assigned to once originally released from prison.
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