The federal judge rejected the defense argument that Amer Alhaggagi was an Internet troll who had been joking around when he talked about setting off bombs and killing 10K people.
Amer Alhaggagi has admitted to opening social media accounts for ISIS and planning bombings and fires around Berkeley. His attorneys say he was just kidding around.
Amer Sinan Alhaggagi admitted he opened Twitter and Facebook accounts for people connected to ISIS. The FBI said he also had plans to set bombs throughout the Bay Area.
Violent crime is up in Berkeley by double digits for the third year running, according to the latest annual crime report from the Berkeley Police Department.
Violent crime reports in Berkeley rose 23% over the first half of 2017, as compared to the prior year, according to public safety data just released by the FBI.
Several Berkeleyside readers asked for details after seeing FBI agents in North Berkeley early Friday morning.
Amer Al-Haggagi, 22, has been indicted on terrorism charges. His plans allegedly included setting multiple bombs around UC Berkeley. His family says he is innocent.
Violent crime rose 18% in Berkeley in 2016, while serious property crime fell 9%, according to an annual report set to be presented to the Berkeley City Council next week.
Crime is down in Berkeley this year, after it spiked in 2015 with the highest serious felony statistics since 2009.
Federal and local authorities launched a national campaign Wednesday to ask the public for help to find a man they believe is responsible for 12 homicides and 45 rapes in California, and more than 125 home burglaries, between 1976 and 1986.
Berkeley police are reporting significant increases in serious crimes including robberies, aggravated assaults and burglaries during the first half of 2015, compared to statistics from 2014.
FBI agents visited Star Grocery on Monday to investigate a broken window the government believes was smashed by animal rights activists.