Here is the full Victim Impact Statement that I read today at the sentencing of would-be jihad murderer Daoud Wright:
Pamela Geller Victim Impact Statement
Sentencing David Daoud Wright
It is impossible to overstate the devastation that Daoud Wright has brought to my life and that of members of my family. Not only did he target me for a brutal, cruel and violent death, but he targeted family members, and this will not even be over with his sentencing.
Daoud Wright wanted to kill me over my First Amendment right, free speech – speech he was indoctrinated to think was an immense evil by his violent and absolutist belief system and ideology. There has been no indication that he has given up these beliefs. If he says he has, his sincerity cannot be taken for granted, as deception is part of his twisted beliefs. Thus there is no assurance that anyone can possibly give me that if he is released from prison at any time in the future, that he would not resume his quest to kill me and my relatives.
Therefore Daoud Wright should be given the sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Not only has Daoud Wright made it impossible for me to live a normal life. Not only has he forced me to spend tens of thousands of dollars on security measures in my home, guards when I appear in public, and numerous other precautions. He terrorized our lives. He has caused me and my relatives physical and emotional distress, as well as the crippling financial costs required as a result of his mass murder plot.
All that is bad enough, but there is more. This will never end for me, and so it should never end for Daoud Wright.
If he gets out, my family members and I will be in new danger. If he doesn’t get out, others who share his violent creed could easily decide to take up where he left off, and finish the job he was not able to finish. Wright could even incite them and encourage them from prison.
All this has happened to me because I dared to stand up for the freedom of speech against violent intimidation. I urge the court to do the same thing: to show that the court is aware that the freedom of speech is the foundation of every free society, and that we take violent acts intended to suppress speech not just as the crime of one or two or three individuals, but as a challenge to the very foundations of our society and to basic principles of human rights.
Giving a lighter sentence to Daoud Wright would send the message to thousands of others like them that they can plot freely to murder those who say things that offend their evil ideology, and the consequences will be slight.
Please send the opposite message. Let Daoud Wright and those who think like him know that if they plot to kill Americans for the crime of speaking out against injustice, we will just speak out all the more – and they will pay the full price for their crimes.
The court did not listen, and gave this savage 28 years. He will, of course, be out sooner than that. The fat jihadi actually started crying when he had to make a statement — so dishonest, I couldn’t believe it. The defense wanted him sentenced to only 16 years, so at least the 28-year sentence is better than that. After he gave Wright 28 years, the judge ordered him to stay away from me and everyone close to me. And he will be on supervised release. So in that sense, it could have been worse.
“Man gets 28 years in plot to behead conservative blogger,” AP, December 19, 2017:
BOSTON (AP) — A man convicted of leading an Islamic State-inspired plot to behead a conservative blogger who upset Muslims when she organized a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest was sentenced Tuesday to 28 years in prison.
David Wright, who’s 28 years old, was sentenced by a judge in Boston’s federal courthouse two months after jurors found him guilty of conspiring with his uncle and a Rhode Island man to kill blogger Pamela Geller on behalf of the terror group.
Wright’s attorneys had asked for a 16-year sentence, saying he should be given the chance to redeem himself after serving his time. Wright insisted he never really wanted to hurt anyone but pretended to support the Islamic State group to get attention online.
Prosecutors and Geller wanted Wright to get life in prison. Prosecutors portrayed Wright as the leader of the conspiracy to kill Geller, who has spearheaded scores of events across the nation to decry Islamic extremism, such as the cartoon contest in Garland, Texas.
The plot to behead Geller, of New York, was never carried out. Instead, Wright’s uncle Ussamah Rahim told Wright on a recorded phone call that he decided to go after “those boys in blue,” referring to police. Wright told his uncle that was “beautiful” and encouraged him to delete all the data from his computer before carrying out his attack.
Hours later, Rahim was fatally shot by authorities after he lunged at them with a knife when they approached him in Boston.
Prosecutors said Wright collected dozens of gruesome Islamic State videos and documents that encouraged violence against Americans, including a manifesto that said America’s days are “numbered.” In court documents, they accused him of trying to “deceive” the court into believing that he never meant any harm.
Wright, who was more than 500 pounds when he was arrested, testified during the trial that he started sharing Islamic State propaganda because he was desperate for attention and an escape. But he said the plan to kill Geller was just “trash talk” and claimed he never believed his uncle was serious about attacking police….
Geller, who spoke at Wright’s sentencing, urged the judge to sentence him to life in prison, saying it was “impossible to overstate the devastation” he had brought to her life. She said she had been forced to live in fear and spend tens of thousands of dollars on security.
“There is no assurance that anyone can give me that he would not resume his quest to kill me and my relatives,” she said.
Article posted with permission from Pamela Geller