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WATERLOO – The brother of a man suspected of trying to help the Islamic State had pleaded to federal gun charges.

Wayne Jones Jr., also known as Wayne Jones II, was detained following an April search of his Waterloo apartment that coincided with a raid at his brother’s home in the Chicago area.

Wayne Jones, 37, was ultimately indicted on a charge of being a prohibited person in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Investigators found a 9mm Kel-Tec pistol, 10 rounds of 9mm ammo and 49 20-gauge shotgun shells, and they allege Jones used marijuana and had a prior felony drug conviction, which would bar him from handling guns.

At the time of the search, Jones had an outstanding warrant for allegedly absconding while serving probation for a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge in Wisconsin.

On Monday, Jones pleaded guilty to the firearm charge in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids. He faces up to 10 years in prison, and sentencing will be at a later date. He remains in custody.

As a result of the April raid, Wayne Jones’s brother, Joseph D. "Yusuf Abdulahad" Jones of Zion, Ill., was charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization after he allegedly gave cell phones that he thought would be used to detonate bombs in Syria. The phones were given to an undercover police operative who claimed he was traveling to the Middle East to join the Islamic State, also known as ISIS. His case is pending trial in U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois in Chicago.


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