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Man Gets 5 1/2 Years For Lying To FBI In Probe Of Texas Attack

PHOENIX (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A witness in the investigation of a 2015 attack on a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in suburban Dallas was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison for lying to FBI agents and tampering with a witness.

Authorities say Abdul Khabir Wahid wasn't directly involved in the attack carried out by Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi in Garland.

Two Gunmen Killed Outside Mohammed Cartoon Contest Event In Texas
Members of the FBI Evidence Response Team investigate the crime scene outside of the Curtis Culwell Center after a shooting on May 04, 2015 in Garland, during the "Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest". (credit: Ben Torres/Getty Images)

Simpson and Soofi were killed by police after the pair opened fire.

Wahid was convicted of falsely portraying what transpired when Simpson and Soofi visited him days before the attack. He was also convicted of witness tampering for urging Soofi's brother to not talk to agents.

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