WICHITA — A man who authorities say drafted a manifesto for militia members involved in a foiled plot to massacre Muslims in southwest Kansas has been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
A judge sentenced Curtis Allen on Friday for his role in the plot to blow up a mosque and apartments housing Somali immigrants in Garden City. The attack was planned for the day after the 2016 election. Allen was one of three militia members convicted last year. The plot was thwarted after another militia member tipped off authorities.
Allen was sentenced to 25 years for conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction and 10 years for conspiracy against civil rights. The sentences will run concurrently.
Authorities say Allen drafted the group’s handwritten manifesto that outlined grievances against the government for in the document’s words “not enforcing our borders.” Authorities say the men planned to release the manifesto after the bombing.
Garden City police Chief Michael Utz asked the judge to send a strong message that this type of behavior will not be condoned. Prosecutors had sought life in prison. Allen’s attorneys asked for 10 years.
Somali immigrants targeted in a foiled plot to blow up their mosque and apartments in southwest Kansas told a judge through video testimony that they are still scared.
Prosecutors played five video clips of the Somalis at the sentencing Friday of Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen. The three militia members were convicted last year of plotting the attack in Garden City for the day after the 2016 presidential election.
In one video, Ifrah Farah pleaded: “Please don’t kill us. Please don’t hate us. We can’t hurt you.”