U.S. Army Vet Who Converted To Islam And Supported Violent Jihad Convicted In Plot To Bomb California Rally

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A federal jury on Wednesday convicted a U.S. Army veteran who had expressed support for violent jihad for attempting to bomb a 2019 rally in Long Beach, California, as retribution for attacks against Muslims around the world. Mark Steven Domingo, 28, of Reseda, was found guilty of providing material support to terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a statutory maximum sentence of life in federal prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on November 1. Domingo has been in federal custody since his arrest in April 2019, when, according to federal authorities, he “received what he thought were two live bombs, but were actually inert explosive devices delivered by an undercover law enforcement officer.” He provided hundreds of 3 ½-inch nails to be used as shrapnel to the undercover officer posing as a bomb-maker. “Domingo specifically chose those nails because they were long enough to penetrate organs in the human body,” authorities said. According to the Department of Justice, Domingo had “called for another event similar to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas” when 58 people died and almost 500 others were injured.

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