AP: W.Pa. man to plead to Islamic terror posts

August 2, 2011 - 3:43 PM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man has agreed to plead guilty to using the Internet to promote violence against Americans through posts he made as moderator of an Islamic extremist Web forum.

Emerson Begolly (buh-GOL'-ee) was indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia last month on charges he encouraged attacks on U.S. public buildings, military facilities, transportation systems, cellphone towers and water plants.

A document filed with the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., says Begolly intends to plead guilty in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh to the first count of that indictment.

A federal judge in Pittsburgh on Tuesday scheduled a change of plea hearing for Aug. 9 on an indictment returned earlier this year in Pennsylvania. In it Begolly is charged with biting two FBI agents.

Begolly's attorney hasn't returned a call seeking comment.