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No bail for man who bought guns used in California massacre

Published 21/12/2015

Enrique Marquez is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for abandoned plots in 2011 and 2012 (AP/Bill Robles)
Enrique Marquez is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for abandoned plots in 2011 and 2012 (AP/Bill Robles)

The man authorities say bought the assault rifles two other people used in the California massacre has been ordered held in custody while he faces terrorism-related charges.

US Magistrate Judge David Bristow ruled that Enrique Marquez poses a continuing danger to the community. His family had sought to put up 100,000 dollars (£67,000) in equity on their home for bail.

Marquez is charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for abandoned plots in 2011 and 2012.

He is also charged with illegally buying the rifles the shooters used in the attack in San Bernardino, and visa fraud stemming from his marriage to a Russian woman that prosecutors say was a sham.

Marquez, 24, appeared in federal court, about 10 miles from the scene of the attack carried out by long-time friend Syed Farook and Farook's wife Tashfeen Malik.

"The defendant actively conspired with the decedent Mr Farook for purposes of participating in a terrorist act in this nation," Mr Bristow said, adding that Marquez got two weapons under false pretences and obtained smokeless powder that Farook used to create improvised explosive devices.

"The grave threat presented to the community by that conspiracy was demonstrated on December 2 when Mr Farook and his wife committed a terrorist act on the Inland Regional Centre. He continues to present that danger to the community."

But the judge found that Marquez did not pose a flight risk because he has spent his life in southern California, has no criminal history and his family was willing to put up equity.

The charges over planned attacks in 2011 and 2012 stem from a plot Marquez had with Farook to use pipe bombs and guns to kill people at the college they attended and those stuck in rush-hour traffic on a California freeway, prosecutors said in court documents. The plots fizzled out.

Marquez faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted of all the charges.

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