Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

Trial delayed for man accused of plotting terror attacks in Tampa 07/31/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 12:05am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Senate Obamacare effort dies; Rubio in favor of repeal, Nelson against

    Blogs

    WASHINGTON - The Senate Republican effort to Obamacare failed early Friday, with John McCain providing a decisive vote.

    The Senate vote
  2. Senate ponders health care bill it doesn't want to be law

    National

    Buoyed by a signal from House Speaker Paul Ryan, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a pared-down health care bill late Thursday that he hoped would keep alive Republican ambitions to repeal Obamacare.

    Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., expressed concerns about passing the “skinny repeal” of Obamacare without assurances of further negotiations.
  3. Arrest made in shooting death of 19-year-old found in lot

    News

    A 20-year-old Tampa man was arrested Thursday night for the shooting death of a 19-year-old whose body was discovered in a vacant lot on Tuesday.

  4. Rays fall to Yankees in 11 on Brett Gardner homer (w/ video)

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — The front office did its part Thursday, making two trades to bolster the roster in a push for the playoffs. But the Rays didn't follow up in a frustrating 6-5 11-inning loss to the Yankees.

    Rays reliever Andrew Kittredge stands on the mound and can only watch as the Yankees’ Brett Gardner starts to circle the bases after his walkoff home run leading off the 11th inning.
  5. Believe it! Rays are buyers, trade for reliever Dan Jennings and 1B/DH Lucas Duda

    The Heater

    NEW YORK — Dan Jennings' ability to render lefty hitters useless with a sinker that gets beaten into the ground and Lucas Duda's power to blast baseballs off and over outfield walls should make the Rays better.

    Lucas Duda