Somali-American gets 30 years for Oregon Christmas bomb plot

By REUTERS
October 2, 2014 00:06

PORTLAND - A US judge sentenced a Somali-American man on Wednesday to 30 years in federal prison for trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting celebration in Oregon four years ago with a fake bomb supplied by undercover government agents.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a naturalized US citizen and former Oregon State University student, was convicted in January 2013 of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, despite defense allegations of government entrapment.

"This is a very sad case, a sad, sad case for everyone," US District Judge Garr King said in a Portland courtroom after handing down the sentence, which was 10 years less than what prosecutors had sought.

Mohamud, then 19, was arrested shortly after prosecutors say he attempted to use his cell phone to remotely detonate what he thought was a car bomb near a square crowded with thousands of people attending a Christmas-tree lighting ceremony in 2010.

The bomb, which was fake, had been supplied to him by undercover government agents posing as al-Qaida operatives. There were no injuries, authorities said.


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