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Texas (KXAN) – The man who allegedly sold Malik Faisal Akram the gun used in a hostage situation at a synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, has been charged by the federal government, the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District has announced. of Texas in a statement.

Henry “Michael” Williams, 32, has been charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. Williams was previously convicted of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and attempted possession of a controlled substance, court documents show.

“Federal gun laws are designed to keep guns out of dangerous hands. As a convicted felon, Mr Williams was prohibited from carrying, acquiring or selling firearms. Whether or not he knew of his buyer’s nefarious intent is largely irrelevant – criminals can’t have guns, period, and the Justice Department is committed to prosecuting. those who do,” U.S. Attorney Chad E. Meacham said.

The documents allege that Williams sold Akram a Taurus G2C pistol in Dallas just two days before the pistol was recovered from the Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, where Akram held four people hostage, including the rabbi, during a good part of the day.

Akram was shot dead by law enforcement.

Williams reportedly told officers that Akram told him the gun was going to be used for “intimidation” purposes to get money from someone.

“The FBI Dallas Field Office and our partners have been working around the clock since January 15, 2022 to determine how Malik Faisal Akram acquired the weapon he used to terrorize worshipers at Congregation Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville. “, said Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI in Dallas. .

Williams will be back in court on Monday, January 31.

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