19-year-old accused of terrorism arraigned

By Ashley Harding - Reporter
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A 19-year-old accused of traveling to the Middle East to train with terrorists entered a not guilty plea at his arraignment in a federal court Monday morning.

Shelton Bell is being held in the Duval County jail without bail.

A federal grand jury indicted Bell on charges of conspiring and attempting to provide material support to terrorists.

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.

Bell's next status conference is set for Sept. 23. His trial could begin between Oct. 7 and 18.

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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