Texas teen pleads guilty to plotting ISIS inspired mass shooting at mall

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 7:18 AM — Tuesday, April 9, 2019

A Texas teen has learned his fate after pleading guilty to plotting an ISIS-inspired mass shooting at a mall north of Dallas.

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

Authorities said he planned to launch the attack last May during Ramadan, and tried to recruit people to help him. He also spent over $1,400 on tactical gear and weapons.

FILE – This 2018 booking file photo provided by the Collin County District Attorney’s office in Texas shows Matin Azizi-Yarand, a teenager from Plano, Texas, who has been charged with criminal solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat. (Collin County District Attorney’s office via AP, File)

He was arrested last year after telling an undercover FBI agent about his plot online.

“This was no distant dream for this young man. This was a well planned out, well developed, imminent plan, and if it was not for the involvement and hard work of federal and state law enforcement officers, this could have been a much, much worse result.”

— Joe Brown, attorney – Eastern District of Texas

Yarand will not be eligible for parole until after he serves at least 10-years behind bars.

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