W. Pa. man to plead in Pa., Va. fed terror cases

August 9, 2011 - 2:32 AM

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man is scheduled to plead guilty to using the Internet to promote violence against Americans on an Islamic extremist web forum.

Emerson Begolly also will plead guilty to having a loaded pistol when he allegedly bit two FBI agents who tried to question him in connection with the terror investigation.

Online federal court records show the 22-year-old agreed last week to plead guilty to one count of solicitation to commit a crime of violence. That charge was brought by a federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va. in July, but was transferred to the U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh, where he'll also plead guilty to possessing a weapon during a crime of violence.

The plea is expected to be formally entered on Tuesday afternoon.