Jury finds Sami Osmakac guilty on all counts in terrorism trial

June 11, 2014 

TAMPA -- A federal jury has convicted a Pinellas County man of plotting a terrorist attack in the Tampa Bay area.

It took five hours for jurors to come to a guilty verdict Tuesday in the trial of Sami Osmakac. He faces life in prison at an Oct. 7 sentencing.

The 27-year-old was arrested in 2012. Authorities said he tried to buy weapons, including a car bomb and an AK-47, from a man he thought was an arms dealer.

During the three-week trial, jurors heard from psychiatrists who said Osmakac is mentally ill. Prosecutors also played videos recorded by a confidential informant.

In one of the recordings with the informant, Osmakac referred to blowing up bridges over Tampa Bay.

Defense lawyers said he was manipulated by the FBI and a paid informant to try to attack people on U.S. soil.

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