Arafat Nagi, the Lackawanna man accused of pledging allegiance to ISIS and trying to join the terrorist group, is taking his case to trial.
Nagi, 46, informed U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara on Monday that he is rejecting the latest plea offer from federal prosecutors.
Arrested in 2015, Nagi was accused of expressing support for ISIS in statements and photos on social media and of making contact with an individual associated with the terrorist group.
At the time, Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy C. Lynch, lead prosecutor in the case, said there was no question Nagi's goal was to fight for ISIS.
Defense lawyer Jeremy D. Schwartz countered by arguing that his client's statements are evidence of his religious and political beliefs, nothing more.