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Texas teen sentenced for planning terrorist attack on Stonebriar Centre
by Kelsey Samuels
The 18-year-old Plano teen who plotted an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack at Stonebriar Centre in Frisco pleaded guilty, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis and U.S. Attorney Joe Brown announced Monday. Matin Azizi-Yarand was sentenced to 20 years in prison for criminal solicitation of capital murder and 10 years for terrorist threats.
Azizi-Yarand planned his terrorist attack for Stonebriar during Ramadan 2018 to lessen the number of Muslim casualties. According to his arrest affidavit, between December and April, Azizi-Yarand expressed a desire to punish America for “slaughtering the (Muslims)” and “Make the kaffar (disbelievers) tremble.” In January, he recruited two other men to join his attack and through March and April, he surveyed the Frisco shopping center and took notes on ways to kill officers stationed around the mall.
Over the months, he unknowingly collaborated with undercover officers as part of the FBI’s North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force before he was arrested last May. Brown and Willis said the collaboration between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies helped create the successful outcome Monday afternoon. There were several communities involved in this case, Brown said. The suspect was from Plano. The mall was in Frisco. There were Richardson ties, “so this shows the value of a task force that has all these different cities and state and local law enforcement,” Brown said.