Friday, April 20, 2018
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Trial delayed for man accused of plotting terror attacks in Tampa

TAMPA — A federal judge Tuesday moved the trial date of a man accused of plotting terrorist attacks in Tampa to next year, possibly April or May.

Sami Osmakac of Pinellas County had been scheduled to go to trial this month in U.S. District Court on charges of 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 and nightclub in Tampa.

Osmakac hired a private attorney, Ralph Fernandez, on July 17 after a judge allowed him to dismiss his two prior attorneys. Fernandez then 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. Judge Mary Scriven will set aside nine days for the trial.

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