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A suburban Dallas teenager has pleaded guilty to plotting an Islamic State group-inspired mass shooting at North Texas mall.
Prosecutors say Matin Azizi-Yarand pleaded guilty Monday in state court to solicitation of capital murder and making a terroristic threat.
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The 18-year-old was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Azizi-Yarand was arrested last May and indicted in July.
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Authorities allege the then-high school student spent more than $1,400 buying weapons and tactical gear, and had been trying to recruit others to help him in the shooting.
U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas Joseph Brown says it's 'extremely rare' for someone to be prosecuted on terrorism charges in state court.
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Azizi-Yarand was being held in the Collin County jail Monday afternoon.
His attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.
Azizi-Yarand - Informant - 'Message - America - Reasons
Azizi-Yarand told an informant he planned to release a 'Message to America' explaining his reasons for the attack on Stonebriar Center Mall in Frisco, which was scheduled for mid-May 2018.
Azizi-Yarand, who lived with his parents at the time, began speaking with the FBI informer in January 2018.
Student - Informer - ISIS - Manuals - Attacks
The student told the informer he had been reading ISIS manuals on how to carry out attacks, but planned to wait until he turned 18 before carrying out his own so he could buy the rifle himself.
The affidavit quotes him telling the source over Internet messages: 'Look at all the other lone wolves. What training did they have yet they simply killed the kuffar? [disbelievers in Arabic]'
Brothers - Europe - Brother - New - York
'The brothers in Europe and the brother in New York? Had no military training. It's not about numbers it's about getting a message across to these taghut (non-Muslim) countries.'
The 'New York brother' Azizi-Yarand referred to was most likely Sayfullo...
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