The re-sentencing of the leader of the Islamic terror cell in Boston who plotted to behead me was of grave concern. I would have given my victim statement in person but the re-sentencing was yesterday, Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the year in Judaism. I can assure you they would never have scheduled his sentencing on EID.
Last month, a federal judge released one of the terrorists involved in this gruesome plot. It was a “compassionate release” in the wake of the COVID-19 panic mongering. Clearly that judge did not realize the gravity, the seriousness, the implications of freeing someone who plotted a beheading for a cartoon or piece of art that violated Islamic law. And where was the compassion for the intended victim? What if the plotter decides to try again?
But this Judge, Judge Woodstock, gets it.
This Judge, on the other hand, understood the threat and I am deeply grateful. Daoud Wright succeeded in getting one of his terrorism charges overturned on a “terror technicality.” That ruling made no sense, as he was guilty on five interrelated terror counts, but nonetheless, he was due for re-sentencing. The first time around — when he was found guilty of all five charges — Wright was sentenced to 28 years. In the resentencing yesterday, he got 30 years. Bravo.
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News 7 Boston, September 28, 2020:
BOSTON (WHDH) – An Everett man convicted of leading an Islamic State group-inspired plot to behead a conservative blogger is scheduled to be resentenced on Monday.
Prosecutors will ask a judge in Boston to sentence David Wright to life in prison for his role in the plot to kill New York resident Pamela Geller.
The plot was never carried out.
Jurors found Wright guilty in 2017 of conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism and other crimes.
He was sentenced to 28 years in prison but the conviction was overturned in 2019.
Wright had argued at trial that he didn’t really support the Islamic State group and was living in a fantasy world.
In a statement, Geller urged the judge to give Wright a life sentence.
“Wright’s original sentence was insufficient and should not be reduced. In fact, he should be given the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole,” Geller said.
Nicholas Rovinski, who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison for participating in a plot to behead a Geller, was granted an early release from prison in August because of the coronavirus pandemic, a federal judge ruled.
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