Judge Sentences 2nd Man in Beheading Plot to 15 Years

Associated Press, December 20, 2017

A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Wednesday after admitting to participating in a plot to behead a conservative blogger on behalf of the Islamic State group.

The sentencing of Nicholas Rovinski, of Warwick, came one day after David Wright, of Everett, Massachusetts, was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston to 28 years in prison in connection with the same plot.

Rovinski testified against Wright after pleading guilty to conspiracy for his role in the plot to kill Pamela Geller, who organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, in 2015.

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The Providence Journal reported that Judge William Young accepted recommendations from both the prosecution and defense that Rovinski receive a 15-year sentence, the minimum allowable under federal law.

Speaking at his sentencing, an emotional Rovinski — who has cerebral palsy — condemned terrorism and his own actions, adding he was thankful to be given a “second chance” after the completion of his sentence.

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Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Siegmann said prosecutors took into account Rovinski’s cooperation in Wrights’ trial. The two men met via Facebook in 2014.

“It is clear he was a mere follower as compared to Mr. Wright,” she said.

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