WBZ reports a federal judge today sentenced David Daoud Wright of Everett to 30 years in prison for hatching a plot to behead a rightwing writer but which fell apart after he convinced his uncle in Roslindale to go kill some cops - only to be shot dead in the parking lot of the Roslindale CVS in 2015 by an FBI agent and a Boston Police officer who had been monitoring the two and who said he refused orders to stop coming at them with a large knife.
Wright had originally been sentenced to 27 years in federal prison following his 2017 conviction, but an appeals court overturned one of his convictions and sent his case back to a lower-court judge to re-sentence him on his remaining conviction of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries and obstruction of justice.
As they had done before his first sentencing, prosecutors urged Judge Douglas Woodlock to sentence Wright to life in prison because he had pledged himself to ISIS, had conceived of a plan to behead Pamela Geller, had roped his uncle, Usaamah Rahim into the plot and had continued to show fealty to ISIS even after his arrest.
His attorney argued for a sentence of just 14 years, followed by 14 years of probation, arguing ISIS has basically fallen apart, that the Arabic writing he posted on a prison bulletin board was not the dreaded ISIS white-on-black pledge and that he has health issues - specifically morbid obesity and high blood pressure - that would be worsened by continued imprisonment. He also cited fairness: That if right-wingers involved in Charlottesville got only a year in prison for violence, it is unfair for Wright to get a far longer sentence just because the government finds foreign-influenced terrorism worse than homegrown terrorism.
Wright will get credit for the roughly five years he has already spent in federal custody.
In 2018, his uncle's mother sued the FBI, alleging investigators set him up for an execution outside the CVS, near his Roslindale apartment.