The mother of an Islamic State-inspired jihadi from Everett who was convicted of conspiring with the terror group said her remorseful son was “brainwashed” by ISIS and violent online video games.
Shahidah J. Muhammad, the mother of 28-year-old David Daoud Wright, wrote in a sentencing memo to the court that she was “devastated” when she heard Wright’s phone conversations in court where he was heard saying he wanted to “go after” the “boys in blue.”
“The words enraged and disgusted me and couldn’t understand how this was coming from the mouth of David,” Muhammad said.
She said her son was in his room “24-7 and online playing video games wanting to acquire knowledge of all things.”
“He in turn became an idiot to the teachings of an idiotic spiteful terrorist group of individuals, his research unfortunately guided him away from the reality of his spoken words,” Muhammad wrote. “This group seem to be brainwashing our youth and it needs to stop.”
Wright in February 2015 hatched a “martyrdom operation cell” in Massachusetts with his uncle, Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, 26, and Nicholas Rovinski, 26, and masterminded a plan to carry out an ISIS-inspired beheading of anti-Islamic firebrand Pamela Geller and police officers. Rahim was shot dead by Boston police and federal agents when he confronted them with a knife at Wright’s urging.
Acting U.S. Attorney William D. Weinreb is asking for Wright to be sentenced to life.
“The sentence … should send a clear and unequivocal message: if you plot to kill Americans and provide material support to ISIS, you will receive the maximum sentence available under the law,” prosecutors said in a sentencing memo.
In his communications, Wright was not content with a single attack against Americans, prosecutors wrote. He wanted “to conduct attacks in ten states because in his words the harm caused by the Boston Marathon bombings were not ‘sufficient.’ ”
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