Man convicted in beheading plot against Pamela Geller to be sentenced


David Wright, who was convicted of leading an Islamic State-inspired plot to behead a woman because of her conservative viewpoints in 2015, is scheduled to be sentenced for the crime.

On Tuesday, prosecutors will ask a Boston judge to sentence 28-year-old Wright to life in prison for his role in the plot, according to the Associated Press.

Wright’s target was a New York blogger named Pamela Geller, who organized a contest he thought was offensive. Three men, including Wright and his uncle, were displeased with her activities and decided she should die because of it.

According to CBS Boston:

Prosecutors said Wright, his uncle and a third man conspired to kill Geller because they were upset she organized Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas in 2015.

During the contest, two other men opened fire outside and wounded a security guard before they were killed in a shootout with law enforcement assigned to guard the event.

Wright’s uncle, Ussamah Rahim, told Wright on a recorded phone call later that month that he couldn’t wait to attack Geller…

The plot was never carried out, but Wright did purchase long knives in preparation for the attempt, prosecutors said.

Jurors found Wright guilty in October of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism and other crimes.

Prosecutors are looking to deter other would-be terrorists with a harsh penalty for the murder plot, but Wright’s attorneys have suggested a much lower term: 16 years.

The attorneys say that, as Wright argued at his trial, he didn’t genuinely support the Islamic State, but was instead simply fantasizing about being a terrorist. His lawyers contend he should serve less time, as they believe a life sentence is “draconian.”

However, Wright was playing out his fantasies with real lives on the line. During the recorded phone call between Wright and his uncle, Rahim told Wright he’d planned an attack against “those boys in blue,” referring to police. Wright reportedly told his uncle the idea was “beautiful,” then suggested he hide any evidence from his computer before carrying out his attack.

A few hours later, Rahim attempted a knife attack on police officers who approached him and was shot and killed.

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