Plea Hearing for Florida Man in Jewish Center Bomb Plot


A man charged with plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in South Florida is seeking release on bail.

A hearing is set Tuesday in Miami federal court for 40-year-old James Medina of Hollywood. Prosecutors oppose bail for Medina, calling him a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Medina faces life in prison if convicted of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI says Medina plotted with an undercover informant to bomb the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, a Conservative synagogue, over Pesach.

Medina was arrested after the informant provided him with a fake bomb.

FBI recordings show Medina allegedly supported the Islamic State terror group and claimed an obligation to attack Jews in the U.S. Medina has not yet entered a plea to the charge.

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