Michigan: Dearborn Heights Muslim Who Bragged of Church Attack Gets 5-Year Sentence

Sentenced on gun charges but not terrorism. Source: Dearborn Heights man accused of supporting ISIS sentenced to 5 years

A Dearborn Heights man prosecutors said sympathized with ISIS and talked about attacking a Detroit church was sentenced today to five years in prison on gun charges.

U.S.  District Judge George Caram Steeh handed down the sentence this afternoon for Khalil Abu Rayyan, 22, who talked about shooting people at Greater Grace Temple in Detroit and killing a police officer. Family members filled three rows in the courtroom during his sentencing in U.S. District Court in Detroit.

The case drew national attention when Rayyan was arrested in February 2016 amid growing concern among U.S. officials about ISIS support.  Born to immigrants from Jordan, Rayyan identified as Palestinian and Muslim on social media, sometimes expressing sympathy for ISIS as two FBI undercover employees posing as Muslim women flirted with him online and by phone.

Rayyan pleaded guilty last year to making a false statement to acquire a firearm and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was not charged with any terrorism crime, but federal prosecutors said he supported ISIS in social media postings and in conversations with two FBI undercover employees. When filling out an application to buy a gun in 2015, he said he wasn’t taking any illegal drugs, but was smoking marijuana often at the time.

Judge Steeh spoke for an hour in delivering his sentence, saying that Rayyan expressed support for ISIS, and posed a danger. Prosecutors had sought an eight-year sentence, while Rayyan’s attorney, Todd Shanker, called for 15 months.

In his sentencing remarks, Steeh said that Rayyan had on the wallpaper of his cell phone an image of an “ISIS terrorist holding a severed head” of a woman.

There were “countless other ways he expressed his support,” Steeh said.

In addition to his support for ISIS, Steeh said Rayyan was “practicing shooting at the firing range” with military-style weapons and talking about attacking a church and a police officer.

“This is not merely viewing an ISIS website,” Steeh said.

Prosecutors produced text messages where Rayyan said he listened to clerics like Ahmed Jebril of Dearborn, who prosecutors have said made radical statements, and “Anwar al-Awlaki, an Al Qaeda cleric who is popular among jihadists,” the government said in its sentencing memo. Jebril, who served a prison sentence for fraud in a separate case, is popular with ISIS fighters in the West, according to a London-based think tank. The late Al-Awlaki was behind the attempted downing of an airplane landing at Detroit Metro Airport on Christmas Day in 2009.

Steeh agreed with many of the government’s arguments, noting that Rayyan said he wanted to “die for the sake of Allah” and once said “jihad is my dream.”

Rayyan had a “fascination with murder … savage terrorist acts,” Steeh said.

After an FBI undercover employee established contact, Rayyan “discussed with her his plans to shoot up a church and kill a police officer,” Steeh said.

While discussing his plans to attack a Detroit church, the FBI undercover employees asked him: Would you even kill women and children?

In response, Rayyan said in text messages to her: “I would have killed every one last of them … women and children. … I would have shown no mercy … It would have been a bloodbath,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ronald Waterstreet said earlier in court.


More:  Khalil Abu Rayyan, Michigan Convict, Said He Wanted To Skin Victims ‘Like Sheep’

A Detroit-area man who talked about attacking a church and a hospital on behalf of the Islamic State group was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday after a judge said remorse over his provocative words came “too little, too late.”

Khalil Abu Rayyan, 23, wasn’t charged with a terrorist act. But U.S. District Judge George Caram Steeh said he couldn’t ignore Rayyan’s threats and infatuation with terrorism as he sentenced him for gun-related crimes.

Rayyan kept a beheading photo on his cellphone screen, boasted about becoming a martyr and repeatedly expressed support for Islamic State. He said he wanted to skin victims “like sheep.” The FBI learned about his online activities and used an undercover operative to reach out to him during the investigation.

14 thoughts on “Michigan: Dearborn Heights Muslim Who Bragged of Church Attack Gets 5-Year Sentence

  1. And this is what this country has come to…5 years on just a weapons charge, for a sick, twisted, satanist, terrorist.
    Wait till he get’s out, and everyone would have forgotten what he planned on doing, and he’ll do it then…and even more horrifying.
    This country is going downhill fast, along will all those other countries, that are letting these satanists in by the thousands, and no phone calls, or emails, will change these leaders minds on letting it happen.
    Any you wonder who’s going to be in charge of punishing the ones who won’t take the mark? There’s no question on who’ll they’ll be.

    Rev 20:4
    And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were BEHEADED for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark in their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

  2. But he only gets 5-years, which means he can be out in around 3 to 3 & 1/2 years. Wow …. a real life murderer on the loose, something to look forward too.

  3. ” Islam Is Peaceful “, said often. When practiced as by the Quran, not so much. As shown by over 1400 years of aggression towards others since Invading Mecca. There are 5 types of Muslims:
    A, Muslims practicing Pure Islam and following the Quran to the letter and actively engaging in Jihad and pushing Sharia committing Terror comprising 7-10%. ( Now called Terrorists, ISIS, Al Qaeda, Al-Shabaab, HAMAS, the Abu Sayyaf Group, and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), etc.)
    B. Muslims who support Purists and want Sharia same as type A Muslims but not actively engaged in Jihad committing Terror comprising 60-70% ( They want others dead but rely on type A Muslims to carry it out. )
    C. Muslims who believe in the Peaceful parts of the Quran that have been superseded by violent verses and actually want to get along with others comprising 20-30%. ( Usually killed by type A Muslims or persecuted by Type B Muslims. Honor Killed by family if a woman who was not Islamic enough. )
    D. Ex- Muslims who left Islam comprising 1-3% ( Persecuted and Wanted dead by Type A and B Muslims for not following Islam anymore. )
    E. Dead Muslims. Former Muslims who died of natural causes, waging Jihad, Killed for not being Islamic enough or Leaving Islam.
    So the next time you hear the old ” Islam is Peaceful ” thrown around after the next Terror attack, remember that 70-80% of Muslims want Sharia and all that goes along with it which means conquering and killing others. Sharia under Islam is the reason the followers of Islam will not and cannot get along with any Western Society. Islam would have to go thru a Reformation to emerge Peaceful but won’t as long as 70-80% of its followers want it to remain as it has been since the 7th Century.

  4. Three rows of relatives in court? I’d call that an example of:
    -really good screening
    -why our immigration system is broken

    Why not deport the whole lot of them. If they wish to die for Islam, let them live in an Islamic state.

    • I know, right? If I had been judge, and heard that he had a beheaded head on his phone, and that he would kill all the women and children……he AND HIS RELATIVES….would be on the first boat back to the country of his kind….with a small hole in the bottom!

  5. Islam and Sharia do not belong in ANY non-Muslim culture.

    How many times do they have to prove it?

    The best way to protect America is to deport all that were not born here and bar any and ALL visas, refugees and immigrants by peps that abide by Sharia Law.

    In that way, no one can scream religious persecution…we did the same to Japanes, known Communists and Germans

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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