The Muslim man who stabbed two brothers in a dressing room at the the Mall of America’s Macy’s store last November was sentenced on Friday to 15 years in prison.
After pleading guilty to stabbing 19-year-old Alexander Sanchez and his 25-year-old brother John Sanchez, Judge Kerry Meyer ordered Mahad Abdiaziz Adbiraham, 20, to 15-years in prison. With good behavior, he could be paroled in 8 to 10 years, according to a report from KTSP.
In the statement read by his attorney following his guilty plea last month, Abdiraham said he went to the Mall of America to answer the “call for jihad by the Chief of Believer, Abu-bakr Al-baghdadi, may Allah protect him, and by the Mujahiden of the Islamic State.”
The statement added, “I understand that the two men I stabbed know and have explained the reason for my attack, and I am here reaffirming that it was indeed an act of Jihad in the way of Allah.”
At the end of his hearing, Adbiraham raised the index finger on his right hand in a gesture ISIS militants use to identify themselves, according to experts.
Too injured to attend the hearing, a victim advocate delivered an impact statement on behalf of the two brothers who were stabbed in the incident:
“I wake up everyday and look at my face and relive the whole ordeal, over and over and over again,” the victim advocate read. “It will never end for me or my family members.