Los Angeles Army veteran sentenced to 25 years in prison for plan to bomb 2019 rally

An Army veteran convicted of planning to bomb a demonstration in the Los Angeles area in 2019 was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison, the Justice Department said.

Mark Steven Domingo, 28, of Los Angeles, was found guilty on Aug. 11 of one count of providing material support to terrorists and one of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction following a five-day trial. U.S. District Judge Stephen V. Wilson sentenced Domingo to 15 years on the first charge and 25 years on the second, ordering both to serve their sentences at the same time.

Federal prosecutors asked for a life sentence in prison. The judge also ordered Domingo to be released under supervision for 20 years after his release. He has been in federal custody since April 2019.

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Mark Steven Domingo, 28, a military veteran, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for planning to attack a demonstration in Southern California in 2019.

Mark Steven Domingo, 28, a military veteran, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for planning to attack a demonstration in Southern California in 2019.
(Ministry of Justice)

“This defendant planned a terrorist attack with mass victims and repeatedly admitted during the trial that he had a desire to kill as many people as possible,” Acting U.S. Attorney Tracy Wilkison said in a DOJ press release. “Had this bombing been successful, many innocent people would have been murdered, but this accused has shown no remorse for his behavior, nor has he renounced the extremist ideology that motivated his horrific plot.”

Fox News has reached out to Wilkison’s office.

Domingo came on the radar of the federal authorities after he made several posts in an online forum in which he expressed his desire to seek violent revenge for attacks on Muslims in New Zealand mosques that left 51 people dead. He was also willing to become a martyr, prosecutors said. He was considering attacking Jews, churches and police officers before deciding to bomb a demonstration in April 2019 in Long Beach.

As part of his conspiracy, Domingo, a former infantryman in the Army, asked a confidential FBI informant to invite a bomber into the scheme, authorities said. The bomber was an undercover police officer.

Homeland Security police cars are parked outside Long Beach, California, Federal Courthouse in Long Beach, California.

Homeland Security police cars are parked outside Long Beach, California, Federal Courthouse in Long Beach, California.
(AP)

At one point, Domingo bought hundreds of 3.5-inch nails to be used as grenade shrapnel for the bombs. He allegedly chose nails because they could penetrate vital organs. Under his plan, he reportedly investigated the location of the Long Beach rally and discussed how to find the most crowded areas to place the bombs, authorities said.

He was arrested after receiving what he thought were two live bombs. He was holding one of them when he was remanded in custody, the Justice Department said.

Prior to the planned attack, Domingo called for an event similar to the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, in which at least 58 people were killed and hundreds injured when a gunman fired a barrage of shots from a room at Mandalay Bay Resort and the casino was targeting against concertgoers below at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival.

In a court note, prosecutors said Domingo admitted that the confidential informant prevented him from committing at least one murder in April 2019 by encouraging him to be patient.

Mark Steven Domingo

Mark Steven Domingo
(Ministry of Justice)

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Military records show Domingo served about 16 months in the Army, including a four-month stay in Afghanistan in the fall of 2012, according to The Associated Press. A U.S. official told the AP in 2019 that Domingo was demoted to private, the lowest grade, and discharged before completing his employment contract for committing an unspecified serious offense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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