MORGANTON, North Carolina — A man who just started a life prison sentence for plotting to shoot hundreds of people for Islamic State is in court for a killing that authorities say he thought would help finance his plans.

Justin Nojan Sullivan is scheduled in court Monday in the Appalachian foothills town of Morganton.

The 21-year-old was sentenced to life in federal prison last month after pleading guilty last year for his foiled plot to attack a nightclub or concert.

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Authorities say Sullivan took a rifle from his father’s gun cabinet and killed 74-year-old neighbor John Bailey Clark in December 2014. Court documents say Sullivan took the man’s money for his terror plot.

The News-Herald of Morganton reports Clark had $157 in his bank account and lived on a $600 monthly government check.
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