PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal jury found an Oregon man guilty of terrorism charges on Thursday, rejecting the defense team’s argument that Mohamed Mohamud was entrapped or induced by a yearlong FBI sting that began to target him when he was a teenager.
Mohamud was accused of leading a plot to detonate a bomb at Portland’s 2010 Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. But the device he thought was a bomb was a fake, supplied by undercover FBI agents posing as members of Al Qaeda.
Mohamud sat still, giving no visible reaction as the verdict was read. His attorney, Steve Sady, later said an appeal is being planned for after the May 14 sentencing. He faces up to life in prison.
‘‘We are disappointed with the verdict,’’ Sady said. ‘‘We obviously thought he was entrapped.’’
Prosecutors had argued that Mohamud was predisposed to terrorism as early as 15 years old.
Mohamud, now 21, traded e-mails with an Al Qaeda lieutenant later killed in a drone strike. He also told undercover agents he would pose as a college student while preparing for violent jihad.
‘‘We are hopeful that this will bring closure and healing to all of us here,’’ said Amanda Marshall, US attorney for Oregon. ‘‘This case has been a difficult case for the city of Portland. It’s been a particularly difficult case for Mohamed Mohamud’s community, for his family, for the Somali community.’’
Mohamud did not testify.