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Former US soldier gets life sentence for execution-style murder

Joshua Cummings (YouTube)
January 31, 2018

A former American soldier and ISIS supporter who killed a Denver transit security guard execution-style last year was sentenced to life in prison without parole last week, CBS reported.

Joshua Cummings, 38, was found guilty of first degree murder in the death of Scott Von Lanken.

On Jan. 31, 2017, Cummings walked up behind Von Lanken, who was speaking to two women at the time about rail routes, and shot him in the neck.

Pamela Gellar (Twitter)

One of the two women told investigators that Cummings said something along the lines of “Do what you are told” before shooting Von Lanken.

Roughly 20 minutes later, Cummings was found on a nearby apartment building terrace with a handgun.

Cummings previously told The Associated Press he pledged allegiance to ISIS. Investigators said ISIS didn’t have anything to do with the murder of Von Lanken.

While in prison, Cummings fasted for three days in order to purge himself of the oath he took in the U.S. Army to uphold the U.S. Constitution. Cummings joined the Army in 1996 but never saw combat.

Cummings is believed to have moved to Denver from Pampa, Texas; a Mosque leader in the Denver area emailed the Department of Homeland Security saying that a Muslim convert who identified himself as Joshua made worrisome statements about Islam and Sharia law.