Crime & Justice

San Bernardino shooting: No bail for Marquez, who bought guns used in massacre

In this courtroom sketch, Enrique Marquez appears in federal court in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Marquez, 24, was charged Thursday with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for plotting with gunman Syed Rizwan Farook to launch attacks in 2011 and 2012 at a community college and congested freeway at rush hour that they never carried out.
In this courtroom sketch, Enrique Marquez appears in federal court in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Marquez, 24, was charged Thursday with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for plotting with gunman Syed Rizwan Farook to launch attacks in 2011 and 2012 at a community college and congested freeway at rush hour that they never carried out.
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In this courtroom sketch, Enrique Marquez appears in federal court in Riverside, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 17, 2015. Marquez, 24, was charged Thursday with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists for plotting with gunman Syed Rizwan Farook to launch attacks in 2011 and 2012 at a community college and congested freeway at rush hour that they never carried out.
A garage door of Enrique Marquez's home is seen broken in a recent FBI raid, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, in Riverside, Calif. Authorities have said Enrique Marquez, an old friend of San Bernardino attacker Syed Farook, purchased two assault rifles used in last week's fatal shooting that killed 14 people.
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A federal magistrate judge in Riverside ordered Enrique Marquez Jr. held without bail, after federal prosecutors argued he was a serious flight risk and danger to the public.

The U.S. Department of Justice has charged Marquez, 24, with illegally purchasing two rifles three years ago for Syed Rizwan Farook, who used them in the Dec. 2 attack that left 14 people dead in San Bernardino.  Farook’s wife Tashfeen Malik also participated in the shooting, before they were both later killed in a shootout with law enforcement.

Federal prosecutors have also charged Marquez with conspiring with Farook in 2011 and 2012 to attack Riverside City College and drivers on the 91 Freeway with pipe bombs and semi-automatic rifles. Marquez allegedly admitted to authorities that he and Farook had practiced at shooting ranges for the attacks, which never occurred.

Marquez has also been charged with entering into a sham marriage with Farook's sister in-law from Russia.

The Monday ruling was made by Magistrate Judge David Bristow.

Marquez's family had sought to put up $100,000 in equity on their home for bail, according to the Associated Press.

Marquez shuffled into court with his ankles and hands cuffed, his thick frame filling out a white jumpsuit, the AP reported. He had a slight smile and at times whispered and nodded with his attorneys. At other times, he appeared bored, swiveling his chair from side to side and looking at the ceiling. A U.S. marshal sat close behind him.

Marquez shuffled to a podium with his attorney when the proceeding began, according to the AP. But the hearing ended quickly after Magistrate Judge David Bristow conferred privately with the defense and prosecution.

After a few minutes, Bristow announced the hearing would be delayed until 11:30 a.m. so defense attorneys could have more time to confer with Marquez, the AP reported. Marshals then led him out of the courtroom.

Marquez faces up to 35 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Marquez's court-appointed attorney has declined to comment, according to the AP. Marquez's mother has called him a good person who was nothing more than friends with the man who carried out the massacre with his wife.

In his initial court appearance Thursday, Marquez looked disheveled, according to the AP. His hair flopped over his forehead, there was stubble on his face, and the pockets of his black pants were turned out. He appeared calm and showed no emotion as he gave one-word answers to the judge.

This story has been updated.