Mohamed Mohamud found guilty in Portland terrorism trial
Source: The Oregonian
A federal jury found Mohamed Osman Mohamud guilty Thursday of attempting to detonate a bomb during Portland's 2010 holiday tree-lighting ceremony.
The jury handed up its verdict after less than seven hours of deliberations in a trial that began Jan. 10 in a downtown courtroom just a few blocks from the scene of the crime.
Mohamud, a 21-year-old Somali American, was convicted of the only charge confronting him: trying to use a weapon of mass destruction. He faces a potential sentence of life in prison. The sentencing hearing was set for May 14.
Chief defense attorney Stephen R. Sady said he will appeal and will seek a "substantially reduced sentence" for Mohamud.
"We're disappointed with the verdict ... we obviously thought he was entrapped,'' Sady said. “We will pursue what remedies are available for him.’’