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Andrey Burmakin |

North Texas Man Convicted For ISIS Revenge Slaying

July 23, 2018 - 5:47 am

DALLAS (AP) - A 33-year-old man is facing up to life in prison after a jury convicted him of a slaying prosecutors said was intended as revenge for Islamic State-linked shootings in Garland, and San Bernardino, California.

Anthony Paz Torres was charged with fatally shooting a bystander outside a Dallas tire store owned by a Muslim man.  Prosecutors said 25-year-old Enrique Garcia-Mendoza was a passenger in a car getting serviced outside Omar's Wheels and Tires on Christmas Eve 2015 when he was killed.

Authorities said Torrez returned after a confrontation a week earlier with shop employees when he ranted about Muslims.

The Dallas Morning News reports jurors who returned the murder conviction Friday heard a jailhouse phone call recording where Torres said Muslims "kill people in Garland and San Bernardino.''