“He’s a terrorist, your honor,” said Gregory Clayborn, whose daughter, Sierra, was killed, The Associated Press reported. “And if you let him out, he’s going to do it again.”
In imposing a 20-year sentence, Judge Bernal denied a request by Mr. Marquez’s lawyer for a five-year sentence, which prosecutors said would essentially have been equal to time served and would have resulted in Mr. Marquez’s swift release from custody.
Federal prosecutors called Mr. Marquez’s request an attempt to “downplay the seriousness of his actions, and skirt that his actions contributed to the mass killing.” He had faced a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.
“This defendant was an active member of a conspiracy that planned to inflict death and destruction on innocent people,” Tracy Wilkison, a first assistant U.S. attorney, said in a statement on Friday. “Today’s sentence is the direct result of actions that enabled a terrorist and laid the foundation for an attack that took 14 innocent lives, wounded 22 others and shook the entire nation.”
John N. Aquilina, Mr. Marquez’s lawyer, said in a phone interview that his client had spent seven years in a “subservient role” to Mr. Farook. He said Mr. Marquez was 13 when he met Mr. Farook, who was 18 and was his neighbor in Riverside, Calif., in 2005. He said Mr. Marquez essentially left his own family to be with Mr. Farook.
“He was attracted to the Farook family and felt part of the family he didn’t have at home,” Mr. Aquilina said. “That’s pretty much why Marquez was in a subservient role, following Farook wherever he went and doing whatever he did.”
He said Mr. Farook had persuaded Mr. Marquez, who was raised Roman Catholic, to convert to Islam when he was 16.