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A U.S. Justice Department statement Friday described 17-year-old Ali Shukri Amin as  “a young American who used social media to provide material support” to IS and said his prison sentence will be followed by a “lifetime of supervised release and monitoring of his Internet activities.”

“Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL,” said U.S. Attorney Dana Boente, using another acronym for the group.

Amin, who pleaded guilty in June, has admitted to using Twitter to “provide advice and encouragement” to the Islamic State and its supporters. He also admitted to helping organize travel for another Virginia resident, Reza Niknejad, 18, who went to Syria to join IS in January, according to court documents.

Niknejad was charged in June with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, conspiring to provide material support to IS and conspiring to kill and injure people abroad.