Orange Park man sentenced in 9/11 memorial terror plot

Joshua Goldberg pleaded guilty to planning attack

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – An Orange Park man who pleaded guilty in federal court to planning a terror attack in Kansas City, Missouri, was sentenced Monday afternoon.

Joshua Ryne Goldberg, 23, was sentenced to 10 years at the Federal Correctional Complex, Butner. The facility is north of Durham, North Carolina. The 10 years will be followed by a lifetime of supervision.

Goldberg had already been staying at the facility since a psychiatric evaluation found he was mentally ill.

Goldberg was arrested at his Orange Park home on charges of distributing information related to explosives and weapons of mass destruction back in 2015.

In court, Goldberg acknowledged planning the attack on a ceremony honoring those killed in the 9/11 terror attacks. He provided a co-conspirator with detailed instructions to produce a bomb for the attack. In reality, that co-conspirator was an FBI informant.

Goldberg also admitted to plotting a terror attack in Australia. The case against Goldberg was put on hold for a while after he was found not competent to stand trial. 

That decision was changed last year.


Judge Brian Davis (Sketch by Steve Bridges)
Judge Brian Davis (Sketch by Steve Bridges)

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