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Sentencing Set for Man Accused of Helping Plot Garland Attack

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    Sentencing Set for Man Accused of Helping Plot Garland Attack
    Maggie Keane
    Defendant Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem flanked by attorneys Daniel Maynard (left) and Mary Plomin (right) (Drawing by Maggie Keane.)

    A Sept. 15 sentencing date has been set for an Arizona man convicted of supporting the Islamic State terrorist group and helping to plot an attack at a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.

    Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem was accused of providing the guns used at the event at Garland's Curtis Culwell Center in 2015 and hosting two friends who were Islamic State followers at his home to discuss the upcoming attack.

    Prosecutors say Kareem also went target-shooting in the remote Arizona desert with two men killed in a police shootout outside the contest, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi.

    Kareem testified that he had no knowledge beforehand about the attack.

    The verdict marked the second conviction in which a person was tried in the U.S. on charges related to the terrorist group.