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Wisconsin men with alleged ties to ISIS appear in Texas court

Posted at 6:17 PM, Oct 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-18 19:17:53-04

Two Wisconsin men who allegedly traveled from Wisconsin to Mexico to join ISIS appeared in federal court in Texas Monday. 

Jason Ludke, who has ties to the Green Bay area, appeared in court in Lubbock, Texas, charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. He elected to have his preliminary hearing in Wisconsin, and is now heading back to Milwaukee in custody. 

Ludke is accused of sending messages to an undercover FBI officer pledging allegiance to ISIS. According to court documents, Ludke was driving to Mexico from Wisconsin to obtain travel documents to head to Yemen, Syria or Iraq.

The U.S. District Court in Milwaukee does not have a date set for Ludke's preliminary hearing.

Yosvany Padilla-Conde, charged with aiding and abetting the attempt to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, also appeared in court Monday, but in Abilene.

He elected to have his preliminary hearing in Texas. The court appointed him a lawyer, and he will be back in court October 25th. 

Padilla-Conde is accused of helping Ludke get to Mexico to eventually join ISIS. The two men were arrested near San Angelo, Texas last week.