Extremist Pleads Guilty to Planning Mass Shooting Attack at Texas Mall


18-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Monday for solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat.

Azizi-Yarand planned on shooting up a Texas Mall and planned the attack during Ramadan because he didn’t think any Muslims would go to the mall during Ramadan. But, his plan was discovered and he was arrested before he could carry it out. He discussed his plan with an undercover agent and even gave him $1,499 to buy guns and ammo with.

He plea bargained and instead of getting a life, he got 20 years but will be eligible for parole in only 10.

Via Dallas News:

“But I swear I want to achieve Allah’s [God’s] pleasure and kill the kuffar,” he said, according to the affidavit. “I’ve only been reading ISIS magazine guides for performing operations and making bombs.”

He allegedly also told the FBI source that he had learned about Islam and ISIS on the internet. In one message, he said he had settled on a local attack. “The isis guy said // We should attack America … Are you fine with killing some Americans,” he wrote, according to the affidavit.

The teen also allegedly sent the source several types of ISIS propaganda. There were links to videos about life in the Islamic State and about being a martyr, as well as an image with the ISIS flag and a gun and the text “Jihad [Struggle/Fight] and the rifle alone. NO negotiations, NO conferences and NO dialogue,” according to the affidavit.

And Azizi-Yarand had written a speech that said in part: “before you call us evil people look your selves this is only revenge you have started this war with us it will never end. We target your people as revenge for ours who were slaughtered … You can move to another country that is not fighting the Muslims but of course you want your easy lives in America so we will cast terror into your hearts as Allah commanded us.”