BREAKING: Boston Man Who Plotted To Behead Pamela Geller Convicted For Terrorism
Following orders from a fatwa placed on conservative author and activist Pamela Geller, an ISIS-linked terrorist in Massachusetts has been found guilty on all counts on Wednesday afternoon.
28-year-old David Wright was described by prosecutors as the ringleader of his terrorist cell, who had also planned to kill police officers on behalf of the Islamic State.
In 2015, ISIS called for Geller’s murder and execution following her role in helping to organize a Prophet Mohammed drawing contest. Wright answered the call by creating a terror cell with his uncle, Ussamah Rahim, and a friend, Nicholas Rovinski.
Pamela Geller has since written about her ordeal and 15-plus years of activism in her book, Fatwa: Hunted in America.
Rahim was shot to death by police after attempted to attack them following the discovery that his private communications with ISIS had been intercepted. Rovinski, meahwhile, pled guilty to conspiracy charges in September and faces 15 to 22 years in prison.
Through the testimony provided by a confidential informant, authorities were able to lay charges against Wright.
On Wednesday, the jury found Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries.
Wright, who weighed more than 500 pounds in 2015, claimed that he used ISIS propaganda as a ploy for attention, and denies wanting to commit violence. He called it “roleplaying.” His lawyer says he was depressed.
However, prosecutors said that he went above and beyond his claims by having direct connected with Junaid Hussain, the infamous ISIS hacker who was later flattened in an airstrike in Syria. Hussain had provided Wright and his uncle with a proper plan and directions on how to murder Geller.
Wright, prosecutors found, had done extensive online research for guns, swords, and tranquilizers to knock people out instantly.
He also set up a Twitter account for the group’s “martyrdom operation cell,” and amassed a large collection of ISIS documents and gruesome execution videos for agitprop, which he used to create a manifesto warning that America’s “days are numbered.”
Wright “was committed to ISIS, and knew exactly what he was doing,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann told jurors.
In Nicholas Rovinski’s testimony against Wright, he told jurors that Wright said Pamela Geller “deserved to be beheaded” because she insulted Mohammed.
(Disclosure: Pamela Geller’s book, Fatwa: Hunted in America, is published by Dangerous Books, a division of MILO Inc.)
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