Man Pleads Not Guilty in Military Recruiting Center Bomb Plot

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    Art Lien
    Antonio Martinez, aka Muhammad Hussain, appears in court the day of his arrest on federal charges for an alleged plot to bomb a military recruiting center in the Baltimore area. Sketch by Art Lien.

    A man accused of plotting to kill military personnel with a car bomb has pleaded not guilty, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore said.

    Antonio Martinez appeared in U.S. District Court for an arraignment Friday, Marcia Murphy said.

    The 21-year-old Martinez was caught in an FBI sting operation. Court documents show he expressed a desire to attack a military recruiting center in Catonsville and was given a phony bomb by an undercover agent. He was arrested after he tried to detonate the device.

    Martinez is a recent convert to Islam and prefers to be addressed as Muhammad Hussain. His attorney has argued that Martinez was entrapped by the FBI and that agents planted the idea for the bomb plot in his mind.

    He faces up to life in prison if convicted. A next court date was not set.