Man pleads guilty to selling gun to Texas synagogue hostage taker

DALLAS — A man who sold a gun to a man who used it to hold four hostages inside a Texas synagogue before he was shot by the FBI earlier this year pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal firearms crime, the US Department of Justice said.

Henry “Michael” Dwight Williams, 32, pleaded guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, prosecutors said. Williams sold Malik Faisal Akram the gun used by Arkam when he entered Congregation Beth Israel in the Dallas-area suburb of Colleyville on January 15 and held the synagogue’s rabbi and three hostages. other people, according to prosecutors.

Williams faces up to 10 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

Williams, who had previously been convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance, sold Akram a semi-automatic pistol on January 13. In plea documents, Williams admitted to owning the gun despite his prior conviction, prosecutors said. .

Akram, a 44-year-old British citizen, held hostage while demanding the release of a federal prisoner. The standoff ended after more than 10 hours when the temple rabbi threw a chair at Akram and fled with the other two remaining hostages just as an FBI tactical team arrived. None of the hostages were injured.

Williams was arrested less than two weeks later.

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