Escambia Man Pleads Guilty In Federal ISIS Investigation

September 24, 2016

An Escambia County man has pleaded guilty to federal investigators in an ISIS related investigation.

Robert Blake Jackson, 31, of Pensacola, pleaded guilty Friday to making materially false statements in a federal investigation.

In October 2014, Jackson’s Facebook profile contained comments, photos, and videos expressing support for extremist terrorist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS). In January 2015, a Pensacola telemarketing corporation reported they recently fired Jackson for viewing ISIL-related and other terrorist-related websites and videos on his work computer.

In June 2015, during an interview with the FBI, Jackson stated that he never posted any pro-ISIL or violent content and that he only used the internet at work to search news sites. At his plea hearing, Jackson admitted that these statements were false.

Jackson faces a maximum of five years in prison. Jackson is currently in federal custody at the Santa Rosa County Jail. The sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 12 at the United States Courthouse in Pensacola.

This case resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the other members of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney David L. Goldberg is prosecuting the case.


5 Responses to “Escambia Man Pleads Guilty In Federal ISIS Investigation”

  1. Veteran on September 25th, 2016 7:22 pm

    If you don’t like the USA, a passport, visa and airline ticket will legally send you on your way to the country of your choice. Enjoy!

  2. Mr reality on September 25th, 2016 12:47 pm

    It’s a felony to lie to a federal officier like fbi, etc.

  3. K. on September 24th, 2016 7:50 pm

    it isn’t a crime to post facebook messages supporting ISIS – you know, the same way it isn’t a crime to post facebook messages supporting Hillary.

    What IS a crime is posting such messages under a false name, or a false account, and insisting to investigators that you did no such thing.

    Even when they have your computer’s IPv4 address, MAC address, and home address as part of their evidence that you posted the messages, and can verify you were the only one in your home at the time the messages were posted, on a computer that only has your fingerprints on it.

    So yeah, false statements to federal investigators it is.

  4. mike on September 24th, 2016 11:44 am

    howsabouta one way ticket to iraq? :D

  5. Pensacola pete on September 24th, 2016 4:41 am

    So he wasn’t convicted of the crime he was being investigated for, he was convicted of lying about it?

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