Bomb plot suspect ruled not competent for trial

Posted at 7:06 PM, Dec 14, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-14 20:06:16-05

A Florida man accused of taking part in a Kansas City bomb plot has been ruled not mentally competent to stand trial.

A federal judge in Jacksonville issued that ruling Monday about 20 year old Joshua Ryne Goldberg.

Doctor Lisa Feldman performed a mental health evaluation on Goldberg in Miami September 28th. In court testimony on Monday, Dr. Feldman said Goldberg claimed he was misidentified as a terrorist.

Instead, he said he was an aspiring journalist and trying to help out the FBI.

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Doctor Feldman also testified she believes Goldberg suffers from some type of schizophrenia.

Court records say Goldberg told an undercover FBI informant during an on-line chat how to make a pressure cooker bomb using nails, metal and other shrapnel dipped in rat poison.

The online chat--which court records say took place repeatedly between July and September also targeted Kansas City's 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb for that pressure cooker bomb.

That event features firefighters climbing stairs to pay tribute to their fallen New York comrades.

Goldberg's attorney plans to use an insanity defense if the case goes to trial.

"Certainly our position is that he didn't intend to cause any terrorist events so there's going to be a different explanation," attorney Paul Shorstein told First Coast News, Jacksonville's NBC affiliate.

Goldberg is charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

The judge has now ordered a new mental health evaluation which could last four months.

"From here it's a longer evaluation, more treatment oriented to try and get him competent," Shorstein said. "Of course they'll look at possible sanity issues. So, it's more involved, it's more thorough, has some different goals."

Goldberg faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.


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