Prosecutors have asked a federal judge to delay the sentencing of Mohamed Mohamud, the Somali-American convicted of plotting to bomb a Christmas tree-lighting ceremony in Portland’s town square in 2010.
The 21-year-old Mohamud is scheduled to be sentenced June 27. But Assistant U.S. Attorneys Ethan D. Knight and Pamala Holsinger wrote in a motion filed Monday that the government needs more time to prepare its sentencing recommendations. They asked for a delay of 60 to 90 days.
A jury in late January rejected Mohamud’s entrapment defense and found him guilty of attempting to detonate a weapon of mass destruction.
The device Mohamud thought was a bomb was a fake supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of al-Qaida.