Teen Who Pleaded Guilty To Planning ISIS-Inspired Mass Murder Gets 20 Years Behind Bars

Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

A judge gave a 20-year prison sentence to a teenager who pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State-inspired attack at a Texas mall Monday.

“Pursuant to a plea agreement reached by prosecutors and the defendant, Judge [John] Roach sentenced Azizi-Yarand to 20 years in prison for the solicitation charge and 10 years in prison for the terroristic threat charge,” according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office of the Eastern District of Texas press statement.

Both sentences will run concurrently, the news release said.

Azizi-Yarand allegedly recruited individuals to help him conduct a mass shooting at Stonebriar Centre mall in Frisco, Texas, in May 2018, the statement said.

Pictured is Matin Azizi-Yarand. Screenshot/ Collin County District Attorney’s Office in Texas

Pictured is Matin Azizi-Yarand. Screenshot/ Collin County District Attorney’s Office in Texas

“I’d like to actually make a cop surrender and drop his gun, then douse him with gasoline and burn him … record it,” Azizi-Yarand reportedly said while discussing the shooting, according to WFAA.

He allegedly chose May 2018 because it was during Ramadan, Islam’s holiest month, The Dallas Morning News reported. Azizi-Yarand did not want to hurt other Muslims.

“He did not think Muslims would be in the mall during a Muslim holiday,” U.S. Attorney Joseph Brown said, according to the Morning News.

The then-high school student reportedly gave over $1,400 to an undercover FBI official in exchange for weapons and gear, the statement said.

Azizi-Yarand was arrested in May 2018. (RELATED: Everyone Doubted Three Year Old’s Story Until A Housing Renovation Ended In A Murder Charge)

“This was a serious, serious threat,” Brown said. “There is no doubt that Azizi-Yarand would have carried out what he was planning.”

Federal officials had a difficult time prosecuting Azizi-Yarand in federal court because he was 17 years old at the time of his arrest.

“Individuals age 17 and above are considered adults under Texas state criminal law, while federal law requires an individual to be 18 to be considered an adult,” the release said.

Azizi-Yarand is eligible for parole after serving in prison for a decade, the news release said.

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