Mohamed, in over his Megahed
“Former USF Student Agrees To Plead Guilty To Aiding Terrorists,” by Elaine Silvestrini for The Tampa Tribune, June 13 (thanks to all who sent this in):
TAMPA — Former University of South Florida student Ahmed Mohamed has agreed to plead guilty to providing material support to terrorists, according to a signed 12-page plea agreement entered onto the docket in U.S. District Court.
Mohamed, an Egyptian citizen, was arrested, along with another student, Youssef Megahed, in North Carolina in August after deputies said they found explosive materials in their trunk.
Authorities charged Mohamed with trying to help terrorists in connection with a video they said he made and posted to the Web site YouTube. On the video, authorities said, he showed how to use a remote-controlled toy to detonate a bomb.
Under the terms of the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss other charges, including counts in an indictment alleging he illegally transported explosives. The maximum penalty for the charge to which Mohamed will plead guilty is 15 years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine.
Megahed’s attorney, public defender Adam Allen, said, “We’re happy to see that the person who was responsible for the illegal activity charged in the indictment has decided to plead guilty to it. We’re also hopeful that the government intends to dismiss the alleged explosives counts against my client as well.”…