Jury: Oregon car-bomb suspect guilty of terrorism
Posted at: 01/31/2013 4:14 PM
By: The Associated Press
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - A jury has found an Oregon man guilty of federal terrorism charges.
Mohamed Mohamud was accused of leading a plot to detonate a bomb at Portland's 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The device he thought was a bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida.
Jurors rejected the 21-year-old Mohamud's claim that he was entrapped or induced by a yearlong FBI sting that began to target him when he was a teenager.
Prosecutors argued that Mohamud was predisposed to terrorism as early as 15 years old.
Mohamud traded emails with an al-Qaida lieutenant later killed in a drone strike. He also told undercover agents he would pose as a college student while preparing for violent jihad.
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