A Florida man has pleaded guilty to the charge of destroying records with the intent to impede or obstruct a federal investigation.
This charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.
The sentencing date for Christopher Raymond Joseph, a 19-year-old from Jacksonville, has not been determined yet.
The case involves an FBI investigation into a terrorism threat targeting Jewish individuals and synagogues. As part of this investigation, Joseph was questioned about his knowledge of or involvement in the threat.
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During the course of the investigation, FBI agents specifically requested that Joseph preserve certain communication records on his cellphone with a suspect in another district.
However, shortly after the agents left his residence, Joseph deleted one of the records that had been discussed with him by the FBI.
The case was investigated by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and is being prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Joe Wheeler, III, and Assistant United States Attorney Cherie Krigsman, with assistance from the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
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