Three Kansas men who conspired to bomb a mosque and apartment complex home to Somali immigrants are asking the judge for leniency in their sentencing due to being radicalized by President Donald Trump’s violent rhetoric, according to The Associated Press.
One attorney also asked the judge to consider the fact that all of them read and shared on their Facebook feed Russian propaganda designed to sow discord in the U.S. political system.
A federal jury convicted Patrick Stein, Gavin Wright and Curtis Allen of conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction against civil rights in April. Wright was also found guilty of lying to the FBI.
Prosecutors are seeking life sentences for all three men.
As the country faced more violence in recent weeks, seemingly inspired by Trump and other conservatives’ hostile rhetoric toward immigrants and the president’s perceived enemies, Trump has maintained he is not to blame for anyone’s actions.