Per ABC News, the mother of a terrorist who killed 14 people in a 2015 attack on a Christmas party in California has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence by shredding a map her son may have used to plan the massacre, prosecutors announced Tuesday.
The San Bernardino Sun reports Rafia Sultana Shareef, the mother of one of the shooters in the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence — apparently a map — related to the attack, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
The 66-year-old Corona woman agreed Monday to plead guilty to one count of alteration, destruction and mutilation of records, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California said in a statement.
Federal prosecutors said Shareef was living at a Redlands residence with her son Syed Rizwan Farook; his wife, Tashfeen Malik; and the infant child of Farook and Malik on the day of the attack, Dec. 2, 2015.
Hours after the attack that left 14 people dead and 22 injured at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, Shareef went into her son’s bedroom, grabbed at least one document that appeared to be a map and fed it into a shredder, prosecutors said.
The terrorist attack by Syed Farook and Malik ended around 11:01 a.m. that day, and Shareef learned about it between 11:43 a.m. and 3:06 p.m., prosecutors said.
Prosecutors didn’t say in court documents what the map may have depicted and a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office declined comment on that question. An attorney for Shareef, Charles Swift, could not immediately be reached for comment.
Shareef’s plea agreement said she was watching the infant child when one of her family members arrived at the residence in Redlands to pick her and the child up.
“(Shareef) and (the family member) discussed their shared belief that Farook and Malik had perpetrated the attack at the IRC,” the plea document says.
“Prior to leaving the residence, (Shareef) went into the bedroom of Farook, Malik and their infant, grabbed at least one document that appeared to be a map, and fed the document into a shredder,” the agreement says.
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