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Man gets 20 years in prison for supplying rifles to the two terrorists who killed 14 people in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre

 The man who bought two rifles that terrorists used to kill 14 people in a 2015 attack in San Bernardino, California, was sentenced Friday to 20 years in prison.

Enrique Marquez Jr. supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook´s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook. 

Minutes later, a post on a Facebook page associated with Malik pledged allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State terror group. 

The couple fled and died later that day in a gunbattle with authorities.

Enrique Marquez Jr. (above in a 2015 court sketch) supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook´s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook

Enrique Marquez Jr. (above in a 2015 court sketch) supplied the weapons that Syed Rizwan Farook and Farook´s wife, Tashfeen Malik, used on Dec. 2, 2015, to open fire on a meeting and holiday gathering of San Bernardino County employees who worked with Farook 

Mugshots show San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence for Marquez, arguing he should be held responsible for giving semiautomatic weapons and explosives to Farook though he knew Farook was inspired by violent extremists and had plotted with him years earlier to kill large numbers of people in attacks on a highway and college campus

Mugshots show San Bernardino shooters Tashfeen Malik, left, and Syed Farook. Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence for Marquez, arguing he should be held responsible for giving semiautomatic weapons and explosives to Farook though he knew Farook was inspired by violent extremists and had plotted with him years earlier to kill large numbers of people in attacks on a highway and college campus

Marquez, 28, showed no emotion during the federal court hearing as relatives of the victims asked the judge to give him a lengthy sentence. Gregory Clayborn, whose daughter Sierra was killed, said Marquez should be held responsible for the massacre though he wasn´t the gunman.

'He´s a terrorist, your honor,' Clayborn told the judge. 'And if you let him out, he´s going to do it again.'

Prosecutors sought a 25-year sentence for Marquez, arguing he should be held responsible for giving semiautomatic weapons and explosives to Farook though he knew Farook was inspired by violent extremists and had plotted with him years earlier to kill large numbers of people in attacks on a highway and college campus.

Federal prosecutor Melanie Sartoris said Marquez has a high IQ and the mental capacity to understand the likelihood of an attack occurring once he had bought the weapons.

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015 file photo from video, armored vehicles surround an SUV following a shootout in San Bernardino, Calif. Enrique Marquez Jr., who bought two rifles that a husband and wife used to kill 14 people in a 2015 California terror attack, was sentenced Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, to 20 years in prison.   (KTTV-TV via AP, File)

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015 file photo from video, armored vehicles surround an SUV following a shootout in San Bernardino, Calif. Enrique Marquez Jr., who bought two rifles that a husband and wife used to kill 14 people in a 2015 California terror attack, was sentenced Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, to 20 years in prison. (KTTV-TV via AP, File)

San Bernardino massacre couple killed in shoot out with cops
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'He knew all along that this would happen,' but he did nothing, she said.

The defense had asked for a five-year term, according to court filings. Defense attorney John Aquilina said his client had been manipulated by Farook since he was 13, when they met as neighbors.

Marquez was desperate to socialize with others and needed to escape abuse at home. He had stopped speaking to Farook years before the attack and didn´t know it was going to happen, Aquilina said. He had bought the guns years earlier.

'Mr. Marquez´s sentence should not be reflective of what happened in San Bernardino,' he said.


In determining the sentence, U.S. District Judge Jesus Bernal said he took into account that Marquez had called 911 and cooperated with authorities.

'In a legal sense, I cannot punish Mr. Marquez for your loss,' Bernal told the families in his courtroom. 'He is not responsible for the murders.'

Several years before the massacre, Marquez and Farook had plotted terrorist attacks on Riverside City College and a highway, State Route 91, federal authorities said.

Marquez abandoned the idea and distanced himself from Farook in 2012 after three other Southern California men were arrested on suspicion of planning to go to Afghanistan to kill U.S. troops. Eventually, the three and a fourth man were sentenced to federal prison for conspiracy.

To carry out the shooting, Farook and Malik left their 6-month-old daughter with Farook's mother, saying they were going to a doctor's appointment. Afterward, police chased the pair through San Bernardino, which is 60 miles (97 kilometers) east of Los Angeles. Soon after they were killed, Marquez called 911 to say the shooter was his neighbor and had used his gun.

The next day, Marquez went to a hospital emergency room and was placed in a psychiatric ward. He was later arrested, and in FBI interviews, described his research into terror attacks, purchase of explosives and the plans he had made with Farook, the government said.

Marquez pleaded guilty in 2017 to conspiring with Farook to provide material support to terrorists and making false statements regarding the rifles he had purchased in his name using Farook´s money. He later tried to withdraw his plea to one of the counts, but the request was denied by the court.

Photos of the 14 victims killed in a 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, Caliofornia, are displayed outside federal court in Riverside, California

Photos of the 14 victims killed in a 2015 terror attack in San Bernardino, Caliofornia, are displayed outside federal court in Riverside, California

Close friend of Jared Kushner is charged with cyberstalking in connection with his divorce after FBI investigated him when Trump offered him an administration post

 A Trump ally and close associate of Jared Kushner and Rudy Giuliani has been federally charged with harassment and cyberstalking following a routine FBI background check for a potential administration post.

Kenneth Kurson, 52, surrendered for arrest on Friday in Brooklyn, after prosecutors said he harassed three individuals online in 2015, when he was editor in chief of the New York Observer and going through a messy divorce.

In the twisted case, Kurson is accused of using the online aliases 'Jayden Wagner' and 'Eddie Train' to harass three individuals whom he appeared to blame for his divorce, according to a federal complaint unsealed on Friday.

Kurson's attorney, Marc L. Mukasey, told DailyMail.com in a statement: 'Ken Kurson is an honorable man, a loving dad, and a brilliant writer. This case is hardly the stuff of a federal criminal prosecution. He will get past it.'

Kenneth Kurson, 52, (right) surrendered for arrest on Friday in Brooklyn, after prosecutors said he harassed three individuals online in 2015. He is seen with Jared Kushner (center) in 2013

Kenneth Kurson, 52, (right) surrendered for arrest on Friday in Brooklyn, after prosecutors said he harassed three individuals online in 2015. He is seen with Jared Kushner (center) in 2013


Prosecutors say that between November 2015 and December 2015, Kurson engaged in a pattern of stalking and harassment against the three victims. 

Kurson is a longtime friend of Kushner, who owned the Observer when Kurson topped the masthead, and longtime associate of Giuliani, with whom he co-authored a book. 

The complaint identifies one victim as an employee of a news media outlet, and the other two are believed to work at Manhattan's Mt. Sinai Hospital, based on previously reported details.

According to the complaint, Kurson used multiple aliases to file false complaints about two of the victims with their employer, post false negative reviews about one victim's professional conduct on crowd-sourced review websites and made unsolicited contact with two of the victims. 

One victim initially tried to smooth things over, insisting in an email that he had nothing to do with Kurson and his wife's breakup, the complaint says.

'Unfortunately, you have no one to blame but yourself,' the message read. 'It is a bitter pill to swallow, but true.'

Kurson (right) is a longtime friend of Kushner (left), who owned the Observer when Kurson topped the masthead

Kurson (right) is a longtime friend of Kushner (left), who owned the Observer when Kurson topped the masthead 

In response, Kurson allegedly called the friend a 'completely full of s**t phony who lies through [their] teeth and is also stupid.'

Kurson traveled on multiple occasions to the workplace of two of the victims, taking photographs and inquiring about one victim's work schedule, prosecutors say.

The allegations came to light during an FBI background check after the Trump administration offered Kurson a seat in 2018 on the board of the National Endowment for the Humanities, a federal body that distributes grants to museums, libraries and other cultural institutions. 

Kurson withdrew himself from consideration for the post after the allegations became public.

'Kurson is alleged to have engaged in a disturbing pattern of retaliatory harassment that intimidated and alarmed several victims and their employer,' said Acting United States Attorney DuCharme in a statement. 

'This Office is committed to protecting victims from malicious cyberstalking activity and apprehending criminals who try to rely on Internet anonymity to facilitate their crimes.' 

Joseph Meyer, Ken Kurson and Jared Kushner attend New York Observer Hosts the Launch of Core's 61st and Madison Office at Rogue Tomate on April 3, 2013 in New York City

Joseph Meyer, Ken Kurson and Jared Kushner attend New York Observer Hosts the Launch of Core's 61st and Madison Office at Rogue Tomate on April 3, 2013 in New York City

FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Sweeney said that Kurson allegedly 'bullied his victims by attacking their character online and attempted to intimidate them by showing up at their place of employment without a valid reason.'

'The shadows of cyberspace may have provided him with some cover, but once his identity was revealed, he no longer had the benefit of a virtual retreat,' Sweeney added. 

According to the complaint, one of the victims underwent therapy following the ordeal, which the victims variously described as 'traumatic,' 'diabolical,' 'insane,' and 'super scary.' 

The hospital where two of the employees worked hired a security guard as a result of the alleged harassment, the complaint says.  

Jeffrey Epstein told Ghislaine Maxwell to reward anyone who could discredit Virginia Roberts in panicked emails that reveal their warped media strategy which included claiming the age of consent was 'complex'

 Jeffrey Epstein told Ghislaine Maxwell to offer a reward to anyone who could discredit Virginia Roberts after she accused them of rape, newly unsealed court records from a 2016 deposition show. 

In 2015, Roberts sued Epstein and Maxwell claiming they'd defamed her by calling her a liar in her public allegations against them which included that they'd sexually trafficked her to, among other people, Prince Andrew. 

After she filed the lawsuit, Epstein and Maxwell tried to squash her claims by discrediting her.  

In an email dated January 12 2015, Epstein told Maxwell: 'You can issue a reward to any of Virginia's friends, aquaints, (sic) family, that come forward to help prove her allegations are false. 

'The strongest is the dinner and the new version of the Virgin Islands that practiced in an underage orgy.'

Maxwell expressly denied giving anyone a reward for trying to discredit Roberts, answering 'absolutely not' when questioned.

A portion of the newly released deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell in 2016 reveals how Epstein instructed her to offer a reward to anyone who could discredit Roberts

A portion of the newly released deposition of Ghislaine Maxwell in 2016 reveals how Epstein instructed her to offer a reward to anyone who could discredit Roberts

Epstein and Maxwell in 2005. The pair denied all of Roberts' claims. Epstein died last year

Epstein and Maxwell in 2005. The pair denied all of Roberts' claims. Epstein died last year

Four years earlier, after Roberts claimed in an interview that she'd slept with Prince Andrew when she was 17 - a claim he has persistently denied ever since - Maxwell and Epstein discussed their media response. 

They discussed writing 'a letter to the editor' - presumably of The Mail on Sunday which was the first to publish Roberts' claims - about the 'age of consent'. 

Roberts, shown in 2019, said she was 17 when she was 'trafficked' to Prince Andrew - a claim he strongly denies and has for years

Roberts, shown in 2019, said she was 17 when she was 'trafficked' to Prince Andrew - a claim he strongly denies and has for years

'We should think about the letter to the editor. School can be university. Age of consent in Florida is complex,' the email said. 

It's unclear if those are Maxwell's words or if they were written by someone else and she forwarded the email on to Epstein. 

The document says: 'It's dated Friday March 11, 2011 from Maxwell to Jeffrey with the title, Daily Mail and there is a forward from [redacted] to you and a number of other individuals, that's on the cover page.' 

The email, written by someone else, went on: 'If you are 16 years old, a sexual relationship with someone between 18 and 24 is legal in Florida. Two persons between 16 and 24, Florida statute 794.05. A person 24 years or of age or older who engages in sexual activity with a person 16 or 17 years of age commits a felony in the second degree. 

'So as soon as you turn 16 you are able to Have sexual relations and you can have sexual relations with a minor under the age of 18 until your 24th birthday.'  


Maxwell said that she was not 'concerned' with the age of consent but that the person who sent her the email, that she then forwarded to Epstein, was trying to be 'helpful'. 

'Virginia in '11 was claiming she was 15 and we thought she was 17. I didn't know what the statutes were in Florida and I think he was just trying to be helpful so I would know,' she told the lawyers in the deposition.

On June 8, 2011, she and Epstein discussed an article in Vanity Fair. 

Virginia Roberts says Prince Andrew 'played a guessing game'
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Roberts with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in Maxwell's London home in 2011. Roberts shared the photo in 2011 as proof of her claims

Roberts with Prince Andrew and Ghislaine Maxwell in Maxwell's London home in 2011. Roberts shared the photo in 2011 as proof of her claims

She asked him: 'Do you have a problem with anything I said?' 

Maxwell told the lawyers in her deposition: 'That was asking in my parlance that I wanted him to check it for accuracy.' 

The Mail on Sunday published the first claims about Prince Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein in 2011

The Mail on Sunday published the first claims about Prince Andrew, Maxwell and Epstein in 2011 

Later, she said: 'I only wanted to be accurate in any factual statements that I made.' 

There is only one 2011 Vanity Fair article about Epstein publicly available now and Maxwell is not quoted in the piece. 

Maxwell said she had a 'lawyer' who was helping her with her statements at the time but that she and Epstein never coordinated. 

'I have a lawyer who was working on this and that was -- I asked, I believe as I recollect asked him for information to make sure I was being accurate in the representations for whatever I was discussing,' she said. 

She also drafted a letter that was intended to be sent to newspaper editors in which she accused Roberts of fleeing the US to 'avoid being arrested for grand theft', the deposition reveals. 

'I believe she stole money from somewhere where she worked,' Maxwell said in her deposition. 

When asked how she knew that, she replied: 'I don't know how I know that.' 

Maxwell and Epstein in 2011 also discussed how to handle the media circus surrounding Roberts claims. Among their considerations was a letter 'to the editor' - presumably of The Mail on Sunday. They also discussed Florida's age of consent, calling it 'complex'

Maxwell and Epstein in 2011 also discussed how to handle the media circus surrounding Roberts claims. Among their considerations was a letter 'to the editor' - presumably of The Mail on Sunday. They also discussed Florida's age of consent, calling it 'complex' 

One of her lawyers later sent her an email with the subject line 'VR cried rape... prior case dismissed as prosecutors found her not credible.' 

The lawyer accompanied it with a note saying: 'Some helpful leakage...' 

Maxwell was then asked if she had ever leaked to the press. 

She replied: 'I have no knowledge, I have no idea, I'm sorry. I can't -- I have no recollection. I have no idea what she is talking about.'

Epstein also asked Maxwell if she wanted another woman to come forward to say she'd been his girlfriend for some of the time they knew each other. That woman's name is redacted. 

Maxwell said it was because 'the press' had been 'characterizing' her as 'with Jeffrey' when she hadn't been.  

In a January 24, 2015, email, Maxwell told Epstein: 'I would appreciate it if would come out and say she was your girlfriend. I think she was from the end of '99 to 2002.' 

She explained it by saying: 'I'm sure I would loved anybody to come out and say they were with Jeffrey rather than me. '

More than 400 pages became public on Thursday for the first time. Maxwell is currently in jail in New York awaiting a sex trafficking trial. 

She tried to block the release of the files repeatedly.