David Wright, right, was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday for plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller, left.
A supporter of the Islamic State, who was sentenced for plotting to behead conservative blogger Pamela Geller was on Tuesday sentenced to 28 years behind bars.
David Wright, 28, called into a Boston federal courthouse when he apologized for Gellar, enforcement of the law and his family. He also denounced ISIS, which Assistant district Attorney of the V. S. Stephanie Siegmann said during the trial Wright “is committed”.
“Nothing I can say, can solve the pain that I caused,” Wright said in court Tuesday. “I sincerely hope that I have the opportunity to help others avoid the mistakes I made.”
Wright was convicted for plotting to behead Geller, which was organised Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015.
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Prosecutors said Wright, his uncle and a third man conspired to kill Geller, because they were angry she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015.
During the competition, two other men opened fire and wounded a security guard before they were killed in a shootout with the police assigned to watch over the event.
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Prosecutors requested a life sentence for Wright, with the argument that it would send a strong message to those who treat of terrorist attacks in the U.S., but Judge William G. Young said that he feels uncomfortable with sending Wright away for life, and he told him: “You’re not a monster, but you embraced a monstrous evil.”
Geller had asked the judge to sentence Wright to life in prison and said it was “impossible to overstate the destruction” he brought her life, and said: “there is no guarantee that someone can give me that he would not resume his quest to kill me and my family.”
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Wright, whose lawyers asked a 16-year sentence, insisted he never really wanted to hurt anyone, but to pretend to support the Islamic State group to get attention online.
“I said a lot of great things about what I was up to, where I wanted and where I wanted to travel, and it was never really,” Wright said in Boston federal court in October. “It was fantasy.”
Siegmann said Wright’s “actions are a serious danger for the lives of innocent Americans” and during the process, said Wright “knew exactly what he was doing.”
Prosecutors said Wright was the leader of the conspiracy and recruited his uncle and others to help him the war on the AMERICAN Wright’s uncle received directions about the plan to kill Geller of Junaid Hussain, an ISIS terrorist and hacker who was later killed in an airstrike in Syria, prosecutors said.
The third man accused in the plot, Nicholas Rovinski, pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy and faces of 15 to 22 years in prison. Rovinski, of Warwick, Rhode Island, testified against Wright, members of the jury to tell that Wright said Geller “deserved to be beheaded, because they insulted Mohammed.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.