Light Sentence for Potential Jihadi in Phoenix

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Derrick Thompson (inset)
Derrick Thompson (inset) (Photo: video screenshot)

light sentence was handed down to an Islamic State supporter in Phoenix who was originally arrested for plotting a jihadi attack, possibly on a midnight mass.

Derrick Thompson, who goes by the name of Abu Talib Am-Amriki, pleaded guilty to two felonies: assisting a criminal syndicate and solicitation to commit misconduct involving weapons. Even though he has a history of violent crime, he was only sentenced to one year in prison and four months probation.

In December 2016, Thompson was indicted by a grand jury on charges relating to supporting ISIS, after the jury heard testimony by investigators that he solicited, incited or induced others to promote or help the terror group. He was arrested but later released from jail after posting bond.

In 2005, armed with a handgun and an SKS rifle with a bayonet, Thompson and two other men committed two robberies over a two-day period. He was convicted for the crimes and released from prison in 2013.

Since 2014, he has been an “avowed jihadist,” posting on his Google+ account in October of 2016, “We need to get down with this ISIS S***.”

During that same month, Thompson used Google to search for key words including “midnight mass,” “martyrdom vs. suicide” and “most powerful weapons.”

In 2015, Thompson tried to buy a gun to carry out a jihadi attack, authorities originally said. As a convicted felon, he was prohibited from purchasing the firearm.

He pleaded not guilty to the grand jury charges but recently changed his plea to the current charges.



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