Nicholas Michael Teausant, a 22-year-old convert to Islam, was arrested in March last year as he tried to cross into Canada by bus en route to Syria, where he planned to join IS, authorities said.

Detained as the result of an FBI sting operation, Teausant faces to 15 years in prison and a USD 250,000 fine. He is to be sentenced on March 8.

According to the indictment, he caught the attention of the FBI in 2013 after he joined online forums where he expressed a desire "to conduct violent jihad and to be part of America's 'downfall'."

In his subsequent dealings with an FBI informant, he spoke of a plot to attack the Los Angeles subway but later backed away from those plans.

Teausant, who has an infant daughter, allegedly wanted to go to Syria in the hope of 'being on every news station in the world'.

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