MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A man awaiting sentencing in Minnesota for plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group says he’s not a terrorist.

Star Tribune reports 19-year-old Hanad Mustafe Musse wrote a letter to the federal judge who will sentence him later this month, calling the Islamic State “cowards” and saying he’s a victim of the group’s “intense mental warfare.”

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Musse pleaded guilty in September to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He was among seven men charged. He faces up to 15 years in prison. His attorney is asking for six years.

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Musse said in court that he wanted to join the Islamic State. He says in the letter to U.S. District Judge Michael Davis that he’s “against terrorism.”

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