Man accused of plan to attack Milwaukee temple goes on trial

FILE - This file photo provided by the Waukesha County (Wis.) Sheriff's Department shows Samy Mohamed Hamzeh. Hamzeh accused of plotting a mass shooting in defense of Islam will try to convince jurors at his trial starting Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019, that FBI informants egged him on for months to purchase weapons for the attack. Sheriff's Department via AP, File)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A man accused of plotting a mass shooting in defense of Islam at a Masonic temple in downtown Milwaukee will try to convince jurors at his trial starting Wednesday that FBI informants encouraged him for months to purchase weapons for the attack.

Attorneys for 26-year-old Samy Hamzeh plan to argue that the FBI entrapped their client, who they say never owned a gun, has no criminal record, and was incapable of mass murder. The FBI has said their agents thwarted an act of terrorism when they arrested Hamzeh in January 2016.

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