Three men plotting to blow up an apartment housing three Somali Muslims have been sentenced to at least 25 years behind bars in federal prison.
The premeditated plan to use a weapon of mass destruction against their intended victims at an apartment complex in Garden City in the US state of Kansas ended with jail terms for Patrick Eugene Stein and Curtis Allen of Kansas as well as Gavin Wright of Oklahoma on Friday.
“Today’s sentence is a significant victory against hate crimes and domestic terrorism,” acting US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said in a news release Friday from the Justice Department. “The defendants in this case acted with clear premeditation in an attempt to kill innocent people on the basis of their religion and national origin. That’s not just illegal — it’s morally repugnant.”
The Somalis living in the city with a population of 26,000 have asserted that they do not intend to harm anyone.
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