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May 20, 2016  RSS feed
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Accused would-be Florida synagogue bomber pleads not guilty

(JTA) – James Medina, a convert to Islam from Hollywood, pleaded not guilty in federal court May 16 to the charge that he plotted to bomb a Miami-area synagogue.

Medina, 40, was arrested by the FBI on April 29 while approaching the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center with what he believed was a bomb. He was furnished with the real looking but fake bomb by an FBI informant.

Medina’s family and attorney have said he is mentally ill and has previously been committed to a psychiatric hospital.

According to prosecutors, Medina initially planned to attack the 800-member Conservative synagogue and its school with assault rifles on Yom Kippur and was hoping to inspire other Muslims to commit terrorist attacks.

He told the FBI informant, “Jewish people are the ones causing the world’s wars and conflicts.”


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