Given the way these things usually go, Ali Muhammad Brown likely meant that he had a misguided understanding of the peaceful notion of jihad, but the words he chose to express this are actually far more accurate. He was misguided by Islamic jihad. But he understood Islamic jihad perfectly well.
“Killer on ‘jihad’ murder spree in King County gets 93-year sentence,” by Deedee Sun, KIRO 7 News, September 9, 2022:
KING COUNTY, Wash. — A man convicted of murdering three people in King County and one in New Jersey was sentenced in court on Friday to 93 years in prison.
That’s on top of a life sentence that Ali Muhammad Brown is already serving for fatally shooting a young man in New Jersey.
It’s been eight years since the 2014 murders that Brown self-described as a “jihad” killing spree….
Brown has been convicted of murdering four people. He spoke to the families in court toward the end of his sentencing hearing.
“I’d like to apologize to the family members and let them know I do regret killing their family members. And there’s nothing I can do to change it now because it’s already been done,” Brown said. “I wish I could go back in time and change that with all my heart. I wish I could go back in time and change instead of being evil,” he said….
At the time, Brown said in interviews with investigators that his motive was to avenge US foreign policy in the Middle East.
“I decided to do those things because I was misguided by Islamic jihad,” Brown said in court Friday.
On April 27, 2014, he shot 30-year-old Leroy Henderson in the back and killed him as Henderson was walking home from a convenience store in Skyway after buying a soda and chips for his uncle.
About a month later on June 1, Brown connected with two young men on a gay social networking app and met up with them at a bar in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.
In their car, he shot them both. One victim was 27-year-old Ahmed Said. The other was Anderson-Young. Brown told investigators he killed them because they were gay.
“They had to identify him by his orthodontist records,” Young said. She says her son came out to her when he was 14.
“I said, ‘I don’t care. I love you, you’re my son.’ My concern was, you’re black, you’re male and you’re gay, and not everyone is going to accept you. And my worst fear came true,” Young said through tears.
Family described Anderson-Young as “brilliant” – a University of Washington grad and the first in his family to finish college. Multiple family members and pleaded in court for justice.
“I just ask you give him the maximum,” Young said.
After killing three men in King County, Brown escaped to New Jersey. In the Newark area, he killed another young man, 19-year-old Brendan Tevelin, who was sitting in his car at a traffic light….