The jury has found Mohamed Mohamud guilty in a plot to detonate a bomb at the 2010 Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree lighting. The bomb was phony and the people he thought were his accomplices were employed by the FBI. Mohamud could face life in prison. Updates are posted below as they come in.
3:54 p.m. OPB’s April Baer has been at the courthouse, speaking with attorneys and others following the case. We’ll post her coverage later today at http://opbnews.org/.
3:49 p.m. Here’s what defense attorney Steve Sady said: “We want to seek whatever remedies we can for Mohamed. There were many mitigating facors we hope the court will pay attention to at his sentencing. We’re hoping he will continue to be as forward looking and hopeful for the future as he has been.”
3:25 p.m. The FBI has issued the following statement, attributed to Special Agent in Charge Greg Fowler of the Portland Division.
The verdict returned in the Mohamed Mohamud case highlights the difficult, but important, work that FBI employees do every day. Whether an employee is an undercover agent or analyst or technician – each has a role to play in keeping our community safe while at the same time respecting the freedoms that make this country strong.
Mr. Mohamud made a series of choices over a period of several years - choices that were leading him down a path that would have ended in violence. His actions showed little regard for the rights and responsibilities that come with being an American or respect for the lives that he was prepared to take.
Indeed, in this country everyone has a right to live, work and worship freely and without fear. FBI employees – in Oregon and around the world – find strength in preserving and protecting these core values.
I would like to thank the jurors for their service. I know that they carried a heavy burden – deciding the fate of a young man while balancing the needs for safety and justice. We greatly appreciate their service to their country.
In addition, I would like to thank the United States Attorney’s Office and its staff for their unwavering dedication to this investigation.
3:24 p.m.: Here is a timeline of events related to Mohamed Mohamud’s terrorism charges and trial:
3:21 p.m.: The Associated Press has filed the following report:
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.
3:10 p.m.: The jury has found Mohamed Mohamud guilty in a plot to detonate a bomb at the 2010 Portland Pioneer Courthouse Square Christmas tree lighting. The bomb was phony and the people he thought were his accomplices were employed by the FBI. Mohamud could face life in prison.
2:48 p.m.: The jury has infomed Judge Garr King that it has reached a verdict in the trial of accused terrorist Mohamed Mohamud. He was charged with trying to set off a phony bomb in downtown Portland.
The verdict was scheduled to be read at 3 p.m. Thursday.
This story will be updated. Read about the Mohamud trial online here.