Feds seek life sentence for man convicted in Garland attack

PHOENIX (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for an Arizona man convicted of supporting the Islamic State terrorist group and helping to plot an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland.

Sentencing is set for Oct. 25 for Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem.

He was accused of providing the guns used at the event in suburban Dallas in 2015 and hosting two friends who were Islamic State followers at his home to discuss the upcoming attack.

The 45-year-old moving company owner testified that he had no knowledge beforehand about the attack.

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His attorney is seeking a sentence of nearly six years in prison or less.

It’s unknown whether the Texas attack was inspired by the Islamic State or carried out in response to an order from the group.