A Virginia man was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for trying to help ISIS stage a terrorist attack in Washington.

Haris Qamar was found guilty in October for trying to provide material support for the ISIS terrorist group. According to the Justice Department, he was sentenced by US District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema.

The CNN reported that Qamar, 26, spoke to “an FBI informant about possible targets in the capital and encouraged a confidential witness to take certain photographs of possible targets for a video meant to inspire future attackers.”

Prosecutors said that Qamar and the confidential witness later visited several of those targets, including some in Arlington, Virginia, last spring.

He also held several conversations with the witness and he expressed admiration for violence and suicide attacks.

Nine Northern Virginia residents were also arrested in December on charges of helping ISIS, a government message to police stated.

The Northern Virginia report said that the extremists who seek to become mass killers live near the seat of American government.

ISIS, which rose to power in Syria and Iraq in 2014, has launched social media propaganda to attract followers. Thousands of people inside Western countries have ever since pledged allegiance to the terrorist group.