Honduran set for guilty plea in Florida mall bomb plot case

Posted at 12:36 PM, Mar 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-12 12:36:32-04

MIAMI (AP) — Court documents show a Honduran man is set to plead guilty in a plot to bomb a busy Florida mall food court in support of the Islamic State extremist group.

A federal judge has set a change of plea hearing Wednesday for 53-year-old Vicente Adolfo Solano, who previously pleaded not guilty. Court documents indicate Solano will plead guilty to a single count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, which carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence.

The FBI says Solano wanted to detonate a bomb last October at the Dolphin Mall near Miami, but was working with undercover FBI operatives who gave him a fake bomb before his arrest.

Despite Solano’s claims of Islamic State sympathies, the FBI says no links to terrorist groups were found.