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Man pleads guilty to threatening 'South Park' over Muhammad

Matt Stone, left, and Trey Parker, co-creators of "South Park."

A Muslim convert charged with communicating threats to "South Park" creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker is pleading guilty.

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The Thursday hearing in a Virginia federal court found Younus Abdullah Mohammad, whose real name is Jesse Curtis Morton, facing charges for the incendiary material he put on his website, Revolution Muslim.

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The matter stems from an April 2010 episode of "South Park" in which the Prophet Muhammad was depicted in a bear suit, igniting threats from Morton and two of the website's co-operators. Both of the others were arrested and charged with terrorism a month later, prompting Morton to flee the United States that summer.

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He was taken into U.S. custody in Morocco in October, and has since remained in jail, awaiting trial. One of his associates, Zachary Adam Chesser, was sentenced to 25 years in prison last year for the online threats and attempting to provide information to foreign terrorist organizations.

Morton's guilty plea includes admissions to conspiracy, communicating threats and using the Internet to intimidate.

Beyond taking aim at Stone and Parker, CNN reports a counter-terrorism official referred to Revolution Muslim as the "top catalyst for radicalization for violence in the United States" over the last several years.

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