A California man is expected to plead guilty Thursday to providing the high-powered rifles used to kill 14 people in the San Bernardino terror attack. Enrique Marquez Jr. is due to appear in federal court in Riverside after signing a plea agreement with prosecutors.
Marquez, a friend and former neighbor of Farook, has also agreed to plead guilty for making false statements about his purchase of two assault rifles used in the 2015 shooting rampage at the San Bernardino Inland Regional Center.
“Marquez also admitted to making a false statement as part of his straw purchases of weapons for Farook — weapons that were eventually used to carry out the deadly terrorist attack in San Bernardino,” McCord added. “Holding those who threaten our national security and public safety accountable will always be the highest priority of the national security division and I want to thank all of the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this result.”
Marquez has not been charged with directly participating in the Dec. 2, 2015, San Bernardino attack, and federal authorities say Marquez had no advanced knowledge of the shooting. That morning, Farook, 28, and wife Tashfeen Malik, 29, opened fire in a conference room at the Inland Regional Center, where Farook’s San Bernardino County Division of Environmental Health Services co-workers were enjoying a holiday party.