A Muslim convert from New York pleaded guilty on Thursday for his role in threatening the writers of the satirical "South Park" television show for their depiction of the Prophet Mohammad and to other criminal charges, the U.S. Justice Department said.

It said Jesse Curtis Morton, who is also known as Younus Abdullah Muhammed, admitted his guilt at a federal court hearing in Alexandria, Virginia. He ran a website that encouraged Muslims to engage in violence against enemies of Islam.

Morton pleaded guilty to making threatening communications, using the Internet to put others in fear and using his position as leader of the Revolution Muslim organization's Internet sites to conspire to commit murder.

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