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Man accused of plotting terror attack wants trial delay

TAMPA — The attorney representing a Pinellas County man accused of plotting a terror attack in Tampa is asking a judge to delay his trial from May to August.

Charles Vaughn, an attorney for defendant Sami Osmakac, said in a motion Friday that he has not yet received voluminous evidence from the government and will need time to review it. Osmakac recently changed attorneys.

Osmakac, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in present-day Kosovo, is charged with attempting to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered machine gun. Osmakac was arrested Jan. 7 and is accused of trying to buy guns and explosives to destroy targets in Tampa, including a Hillsborough sheriff's operations center.

Osmakac is in custody with no bail pending trial and faces the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

Man accused of plotting terror attack wants trial delay 04/20/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 20, 2012 4:47pm]
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