Man accused in terror plot to remain in medical facility

Orange Park man has been deemed not competent for prosecution


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Orange Park man accused of sending bomb-making plans to an FBI informant for an alleged attack in Kansas City, Missouri, on the 14th anniversary of 9/11 will remain in a secure federal medical facility for at least another four months, according to court documents. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge James Klindt accepted an agreement between the federal prosecutor and Joshua Goldberg's defense attorney for continued medical treatment.

The hope is that the treatment will restore Goldberg's mental competency, so he can stand trial on terrorism-related charges.

Last December, a federal judge ruled Goldberg was not mentally competent for trial. 

Goldberg is charged with distributing information relating to explosives and weapons of mass destruction. 

According to the U.S. attorney, Goldberg instructed a confidential source how to make a bomb similar to two used in the Boston Marathon bombings three years ago that killed three people and injured an estimated 264 others.

In online conversations with the undercover informant, Goldberg is accused of expressing hope that "there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11."

The FBI said Goldberg called for an attack over a contest for drawings of the Prophet Muhammad in Garland, Texas, and boasted about helping plan attacks on synagogues in Australia. Goldberg was arrested in September.

Klindt said in his order that “there is a substantial likelihood that in a reasonable amount of time (the) defendant may improve to such an extent his competency to proceed may be improved in order to proceed (to trial)."