Bomb plotter sentenced

State News

January 25, 2019 - 4:33 PM

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who authorities say drafted a manifesto for militia members involved in a foiled plot to massacre Muslims in southwest Kansas was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison during an emotional court hearing in which one of the targeted victims pleaded: “Please don’t hate us.”

U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren sentenced Curtis Allen for his role in the plot to blow up a mosque and apartments housing Somali immigrants in Garden City. Allen was one of three militia members convicted last year ; the other two were scheduled to be sentenced later Friday.

The attack, which was planned for the day after the 2016 election, was foiled when another militia member alerted authorities to escalating threats of violence and agreed to wear a wire, capturing months of profanity-laced recordings in which militia members discussed plans and referred to the Somalis as “cockroaches.”

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