Bought two killers’ rifles, man admits
RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Enrique Marquez Jr., 25, pleaded guilty in federal court to buying the rifles used in the San Bernardino, Calif., terror attack in December 2015.
Marquez is the only person criminally charged in the attack that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others at a meeting of San Bernardino County employees. Husband-and-wife assailants Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik were killed in a shootout with authorities later that day. Marquez is to be sentenced by U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal on Aug. 21 and faces up to 25 years in prison under a plea deal.
In addition to purchasing the weapons, Marquez pleaded guilty to conspiring with Farook to draft earlier mass killing plots targeting a community college and a Southern California freeway. Authorities said the pair researched bomb-making and bought materials to make explosives, but never carried out those attacks.
U.S. attorney Eileen Decker said there is no evidence that Marquez had advance knowledge of the San Bernardino killings. Prosecutors said Marquez acknowledged being a “straw buyer” when he purchased two AR-15 rifles used in the massacre.