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Man accused of Tampa terror plot gets May trial date

TAMPA — A federal judge Thursday set a May 13 trial for a Pinellas Park man accused of plotting terror attacks in Tampa.

U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven set aside nine days for the trial of Sami Osmakac, who has been charged with trying to use weapons of mass destruction and possessing an unregistered machine gun. He is accused of plotting to bomb targets including a sheriff's operations center in Ybor City and nightclub in South Tampa.

Osmakac was originally scheduled for trial this month. But he hired a private attorney on July 17 after a judge allowed him to dismiss his two prior attorneys. The new attorney filed a motion asking for a trial postponement as he gathered evidence.

Osmakac is being held without bail at the Pinellas County Jail and faces life in prison if convicted.

Man accused of Tampa terror plot gets May trial date 08/02/12 [Last modified: Thursday, August 2, 2012 4:29pm]
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