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Phoenix man sentenced to prison for planning ISIS-inspired attack

This undated photo released by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office shows Derrick Thompson of Phoenix. (Maricopa County Sheriff's Office via AP)

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man who was accused of planning an ISIS-inspired terrorist attack in Arizona was sentenced to one year in prison and four years of probation on Monday.

Derrick Thompson, aka Abu Talib al-Amriki, pleaded guilty to two felony charges: Assisting a criminal syndicate and solicitation to commit misconduct involving weapons.

Thompson was first arrested in 2016 after he allegedly took steps to commit an ISIS-inspired, lone-wolf attack in the state. Court documents at the time showed Thompson tried to buy a semi-automatic weapon online the year prior “with the intent to use that weapon to promote or further the objectives of a criminal syndicate.”

Thompson first pleaded not guilty to the charges in 2017, but reportedly changed his plea earlier this month, according to The Arizona Republic.

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