Source: JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Clay County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a count of attempting to destroy a building for his role in a s...
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Clay County man pleaded guilty Wednesday to a count of attempting to destroy a building for his role in a suspected terror plot targeting a 9/11 memorial ceremony in Kansas City, Missouri.
Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 22, of Orange Park, agreed to plead guilty to that felony count at the federal courthouse in Jacksonville as part of a deal reached with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Goldberg faces up to 20 years in a federal institution, but the recommended punishment is eight years. In addition, he faces a $250,000 fine. A sentencing date has not yet been set.
The plea deal bookends a case that was placed on hold two years ago when Goldberg was ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial. U.S. District Judge James Klindt found him competent in April.
Goldberg was accused of providing a co-conspirator with detailed instructions to produce a bomb for the attack similar to the pressure cooker-based devices used in the Boston Marathon bombings.
In reality, the man’s co-conspirator was an undercover informant working for the FBI. Court documents show investigators traced the pair’s online correspondence back to Goldberg.
Federal agents arrested Goldberg at home Sept. 10, 2015, on charges of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction.
Goldberg has been in custody at a federal prison medical center in North Carolina since a psychiatric evaluation found he was schizophrenic. He’s expected to serve his sentence there.
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