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Florida Man Accused of Plotting 9/11 Remembrance Attack

Joshua Goldberg
Joshua Goldberg

A Florida man could get 20 years in prison. Joshua Ryne Goldberg is accused of masterminding a plan to plant a pressure cooker bomb loaded with nails and rat poison near a 9/11 remembrance day ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri this weekend. His story has been picked up by news outlets across the world

Goldberg is 20 years old and lives with his parents in Orange Park, near Jacksonville.

You can download the 34-page criminal complaint against Goldberg from the U.S. Justice Department here.

Goldberg has been arrested and charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

U.S. Attorney Lee Bentley III said Goldberg provided information to a confidential source about how to build a bomb like the ones used during the 2013 Boston Marathon, that left three people dead and hundreds more hurt. 

Authorities said Goldberg had online conversations with an undercover informant and had been quoted as saying he hoped, "There will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11." His parents told a Jacksonville TV news station they had "no idea."

In response to the news, Gov. Rick Scott released a statement saying, "The report of a possible ISIS sympathizer planning an attack from Florida is infuriating."  

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