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Sentencing For Man Who Plotted To Bomb Holiday Tree Lighting

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Update 11:37 am, Oct. 1st, 2014: Mohamud sentenced to 30 years in prison in federal court.

Mohamed Mohamud, convicted of attempting to bomb Portland’s annual tree lighting ceremony in 2010, could get life in prison at his sentencing hearing today.

Mohamud was 19 years old when he was arrested for trying to detonate a fake bomb supplied to him by undercover FBI agents in a sting operation. During his criminal trial in January 2013, a jury rejected the defense’s argument that the FBI entrapped Mohamud. He could now face up to life in prison, but his lawyers are pushing for a 10-year sentence.

OPB’s Kristian Foden-Vencil joins us from the Hatfield Federal Court House in Portland where the sentencing is taking place.

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