Lawyers Of Man Accused Of Plotting A Mass Shooting Said He Was Set Up By The FBI

He is accused of plotting a mass shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee.

By Gina Tron

Sixteen months after the FBI announced it thwarted a planned mass shooting at a Masonic temple in Milwaukee, lawyers for the suspect claim he was pressed and entrapped by FBI agents for months. The claim states that Samy Mohamed Hamzeh, 25, told the FBI a mass shooting would be wrong.

The new court motion asks that Hamzeh, be released on bail pending his trial, which is set for February. Hamzeh’s family also claims he was set up by the FBI, according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Federal prosecutors said Hamzeh was planning to kill at least 30 people to "defend Islam" when he was arrested in early 2016. He was charged with two counts of possessing a machine gun and one count of possessing a silencer, weaponry he purchased from undercover FBI agents.

Hamzeh's attorneys stated that the criminal complaint against their client fails to mention that Hamzeh "rejected their overtures and lectured his informant friends about why such a (shooting) plan would be wrong," according to the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel. The complaint included hours of recorded Arabic conversations between Hamzeh and informants.

"If I go out, after killing 30 people, I will happy 100 percent ... because these 30 will terrify the world," Hamzeh allegedly said, according to NBC News.

Hamzeh was born in the United States but lived much of his childhood in Jordan. He has no prior criminal record.

[Waukesha County Sheriff's Office]

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