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Jury finds Sami Osmakac guilty of terrorism
by Anna M. Phillips
Sami Osmakac, the Kosovo-born man who threatened to stage a "second 9/11" attack here, was convicted Tuesday of both terrorism-related charges brought against him.
Federal prosecutors had accused Osmakac, a 27-year-old radicalized Muslim American, of plotting to kill hundreds of people by targeting several densely populated areas in Tampa. His plans, which never came to fruition, included bombing a South Tampa pub and then traveling to another location where he would detonate a suicide vest packed with explosives. He was certain he would wake up to a martyr's breakfast in heaven.
Instead, Osmakac faces the possibility of life in prison and the short-term certainty of breakfast in jail.
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