An Arizona man convicted of supporting the Islamic State and helping to plan the attack on the “Draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas was given a sentence of 30 years in prison.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was also convicted of conspiring to support a foreign terrorist organization, interstate transportation of firearms as well as other charges.
Prosecutors said that Kareem gave cash to his two friends, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi, who opened fire outside the venue of the contest and were killed in a shootout with police. A security guard was wounded in the shootout.
Based on their investigation, police maintained that Kareem had invited Simpson and Soofi to his house plan the attack and that he had also researched how to travel to join Islamic State.
Kareem had also tried to raise money to donate to ISIS through an insurance scam and tried to radicalize two teenage boys.