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Texas student pleads guilty to shopping mall terror plot

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Matin Azizi-Yarland pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Frisco, Texas. (Collin County Jail/KXAS) Matin Azizi-Yarland pleaded guilty to plotting a terrorist attack at a shopping mall in Frisco, Texas. (Collin County Jail/KXAS)

PLANO, Texas -- Authorities stopped a high school student's terror plot in North Texas last May.

Now, 18-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand of Plano is headed to prison.

Azizi-Yarland admitted he was planning an ISIS-inspired terror attack at the Stonebriar Centre shopping mall in Frisco. He pleaded guilty on Monday.

At the time of his arrest, Azizi-Yarland had sent more than $1,400 to an undercover FBI employee for the purchase of weapons and tactical gear; he had conducted surveillance at the mall; and he had met with undercover federal operatives to plan the attack.

"This was a serious, serious threat," U.S. Attorney Joseph D. Brown said in a statement. "There is no doubt that Azizi-Yarand would have carried out what he was planning."

The investigation determined that Azizi-Yarland specifically intended to target police officers and civilians at the mall.

Judge John Roach Jr. sentenced him to 20 years in prison for a solicitation charge and 10 years in prison for a terrorist threat charge. The sentences will run concurrently.

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