Jason Michael Ludke, 37, of Milwaukee pleaded guilty Oct. 25 to conspiring to provide material support or resources to ISIS.
Ludke and a co-conspirator agreed that they would travel through Mexico to Syria and Iraq in order to join ISIS. Ludke arranged to do so with a man whom he believed was a member of ISIS. Ludke also recorded a video of himself pledging his allegiance to the leader of ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, and stating that he was ready to join ISIS. On Oct. 5, 2016, Ludke and his coconspirator were traveling to the Texas/Mexico border in order to accomplish their plan to join ISIS, when law enforcement located and arrested them.
Ludke has prior convictions for child sexual assault and for making death threats against a federal judge. Ludke was on probation at the time he was arrested and had cut the tracking device from his ankle before leaving Wisconsin.
United States Attorney Krueger said this conviction demonstrates the United States’ resolute commitment to protecting our country and combatting foreign terrorism and commended the excellent work of the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force in securing this conviction.
“The FBI’s number one priority is protecting Americans from terrorism,” said Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Justin Tolomeo. “I commend our Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which includes our local, state and federal partners, for their investigative efforts in identifying and arresting Jason Ludke that prevented him from joining the ISIS terror group.”