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Eastern Iowan's brother possibly tied to ISIS

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A man from Eastern Iowa is arrested after his brother is charged with trying to join ISIS.  The Waterloo resident, 37-year-old Wayne Jonathon Jones II, was arrested on a state probation violation out of Wisconsin. 

Wayne's brother, Joseph D. Jones of Zion, Illinois, was arrested last week and charged with conspiracy to provide materials to ISIS. He was charged along with his co-defendant Edward Schimenti.  

The FBI confirms Wayne Jones and Joseph D. Jones are brothers. However, they are keeping tight lipped on the case, not saying whether Wayne is being looked at for similar ISIS-related charges as well. According to court records, Wayne was arrested and charged for violating his probation on a misdemeanor battery conviction out of Wisconsin in 2001.

The two suburban Chicago men, Joseph D. Jones, known as "Yusuf Abdulhaqq," and Edward Schimenti, also known as "Abdul Wali" could be facing up to 20 years in prison, if found guilty. 

The 35-year-old men, who posed for photos holding a black Islamic State group flag at a Lake Michigan beach park, were arrested last week on federal terrorist charges.

An FBI sting begun in 2015 compiled evidence that Joseph D. Jones and Edward Schimenti sought to provide material support to Islamic State, including by provided cellphones to one person working for the FBI and posing as an IS supporter believing the phones would be used to detonate car bombs in Syria, the 65-page complaint says.

Jones, a part-time chef who also has been attending college, and Schimenti, who worked at a cancer treatment center, drove the FBI operative to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport last week on what they thought would be the first leg of a journey to Syria. The complaint says Schimenti told him to "drench that land ... with blood."

Schimenti's mother, Joni Schimenti, attended the hearing and told reporters outside court: "Eddie is no terrorist."

The complaint includes photos of them holding the IS flag at the Illinois Beach State Park in Zion, where they live. It also has postings on their social media accounts.

While he helped the man he believed would go to Syria get into condition at a local gym, Schimenti conceded he wasn't close to fighting shape, the complaint says. "I'm all big, fat," he is quoted as saying. "But (God willing), the brothers will just have me be the one to cut the neck."

Schimenti, allegedly told one person in on the sting in February that he was angry about a co-worker because the person was gay. Under Islamic Law, Schimenti was quoted as saying, "We are putting you (homosexuals) on top of Sears Tower (now the Willis Tower) and we drop you."

A photo posted on Schimenti's Google Plus profile shows a masked man holding a knife, and caption written in capital letters says that if you can't travel abroad to fight, "then slaughter the pagans next to you." After watching an IS video of captured soldiers being burned alive as they spoke a language he didn't understand, Schimenti says, "I don't know what they're saying but I love it," the complaint says.

A video was posted on Jones' Google Plus profile entitled, "Some of the Deadly Stabbing Ways: Do not Forget to Poison the Knife," the complaint says. Another time, a person in on the FBI sting asked Jones if he ever thought about traveling to Syria to live in Islamic State territory. Jones, who was also known as "Yusuf Abdulhaqq," allegedly answered: "Every night and day."

This is the latest of several area cases related to Islamic State. A Chicago federal judge last year sentenced former Illinois National Guard Hasan Edmonds to 30 years in prison and his cousin, Jonas Edmonds, to 21 years for plotting to join Islamic State fighters and to attack a National Guard armory just outside Chicago.

The complaint makes a brief reference to Schimenti allegedly suggesting in March that the Naval Station Great Lakes, a training ground for U.S. sailors just south of Zion, could be a terrorist target.

The sting started in September 2015 when an undercover agent approached Jones at the Zion Police Department - where Jones was being questioned about the killing of one of his friends - and the two began talking about Islam. The complaint didn't offer details about the killing.

Schimenti grew increasingly suspicious about the undercover agents, suggesting that at least some weren't actually Islamic State sympathizers. He once suggested something was "fishy" about them, adding that he had a good sense of such things because of his own criminal history. Jones also spoke about past convictions.

According to the criminal complaint, Schimenti believed one of the the agents was going to Syria to fight with ISIS. Just last month, the pair from Illinois had given one of the agents cellphones thinking they would be used to detonate bombs while in Syria.

Schimenti and Jones were most recently accused, of driving one of the FBI's men to the airport for what they believed was a flight to Syria. 

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