An Arizona man was found guilty Thursday of charges of aiding the Islamic State terrorist group and conspiring to shoot up a “draw Mohammed” contest in Texas.
Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem bankrolled and radicalized the two men who attacked the Garland, Texas, contest planned by anti-jihad activist Pam Geller. Prosecutors said he also wanted to participate.
The 44-year-old moving company owner also was convicted of providing the guns that Elton Simpson, an ex-roommate of Kareem’s, and Nadir Hamid Soofi used in the May 3 attack.
Both men were killed by security guards and nobody else was hurt.
Specifically, Kareem, an American convert to Islam born Decarus Lowell Thomas was convicted of conspiracy, interstate transportation of firearms, false statements, being a felon in possession of firearms, and conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
Kareem will be sentenced June 27.
According to an Associated Press reporter, Kareem did not react visibly when the guilty verdicts were read. Neither team of attorneys had any immediate post-trial comment.