Man accused of plotting to bomb 9/11 memorial found competent for trial

Joshua Goldberg is accused of sending bomb-making plans to FBI informant

ORANGE PARK, Fla. - A federal court has found the man accused of plotting to bomb a 9/11 memorial ceremony is competent to stand trial.

Joshua Goldberg is accused of sending bomb-making plans to an FBI informant for an alleged attack in Kansas City, Missouri, on the 14th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Goldberg was initially ruled not competent for prosecution in 2015. In two subsequent hearings, all parties agreed he was still not competent.

On Thursday, a competency hearing was held in a federal court, where the judge found Goldberg competent to stand trial.

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

READ: Goldberg's mental evaluation (redacted)

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."

Goldberg was arrested at his parents' home in Orange Park in September 2015.

Goldberg will remain in a federal prison medical center in North Carolina.

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