曾在德克萨斯犹太教堂劫持人质的武器卖家对联邦指控表示认罪

The man who sold a semi-automatic weapon that was later used to take hostages in a Texas synagogue in January has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge, 根据美国发布的消息. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas.

亨利 “麦可” Dwight Williams, 32, admitted Thursday to being a felon in possession of a firearm.
This defendant, a convicted felon, had no business carryingmuch less buying and selling — 枪支,” US Attorney Chad Meacham 在新闻稿中说. “Whether he suspected his buyer would use the gun to menace a community of faith is legally irrelevant: 在美国。, convicted felons cannot possess firearms.
      The original complaint, filed in January 2022, stated Williams sold a semiautomatic Taurus G2C pistol to Malik Faisal Akram, who later used it to hold four people hostage at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue in Colleyville, just outside Dallas-Fort Worth.
        Akram, a 44-year-old British national, was shot to death by federal agents after an hours-long standoff on January 15. The FBI team killed Akram after one hostage was released and three escaped from the synagogue, 官员说.

          Seller tied to Akram via phone records

          根据发布, Williams was tied to Akram via cell phone records.
          Tireless days of nonstop investigation revealed the connection of Mr. Akram to Mr. 威廉姆斯, we are grateful to the many law enforcement agencies and personnel that traced the weapon’s nefarious source,” said Dallas FBI Special Agent in Charge Matthew DeSarno.
          The FBI treated the standoff asboth a hate crime and an act of terrorism,” DeSarno said earlier this year, adding that Akram committed a federal hate crimewhen he forcibly kidnapped four hostages while they exercised their right to worship.
          Williams was initially arrested on an outstanding state warrant and admitted selling Akram the weapon at an intersection in South Dallas after being shown a photo of the suspect, 根据新闻稿.
          As part of his plea agreement, Williams admitted to possession of the firearm despite his previous felony convictions of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance.
          Investigators believe Akram was motivated in part by a desire to see the release of convicted extremist Aafia Siddiqui, who is serving an 86-year federal prison sentence in Fort Worth, they’ve said. She was not involved in the Colleyville standoff, her attorney said.
            DeSarno previously said he believes Congregation Beth Israel was targeted because it is the closest synagogue to where the suspect believed the convicted extremist was being housed.
            Akram arrived in the United States in late December via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, a US law enforcement source familiar with the investigation told CNN.

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