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Court documents: Tree-lighting bomb plot suspect 'deeply regrets actions'

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An Oregon man accused of plotting to bomb the Tree Lighting Ceremony in Pioneer Courthouse Square two years ago is "humiliated and ashamed" of his actions, according to a defense trial memorandum.

Mohamed Mohamud is charged with attempting to ignite a weapon of mass destruction. His trial is scheduled for January.

FOX 12 has obtained trial memorandums filed by the U.S. Attorney and Mohamud's federal public defender. The memorandums outline the case that will presented by each side at the trial.

Mohamud is accused of working on the bomb plot with two undercover agents, even supplying them with bomb parts, according to a prosecution memo.

The defense does dispute Mohamud's involvement, but they argue the teen, now 21, was entrapped by FBI agents.

In the memo, the defense said Mohamud "deeply regrets his actions and is humiliated and ashamed for what he did and said."

The memo says, before he was contacted by FBI agents, the teen "had not even contemplated using a weapon of mass destruction." The defense argues those agents "took action to mold and manipulate" Mohamud.

According to prosecutors, Mohamud is "highly intelligent and sophisticated in the lingo and extremist ideology that supports violent jihad. As he said in the first meeting, he wanted to become operational and detonate a bomb. He just needed help doing it."

There is no recording of the first meeting between Mohamud and an undercover FBI agent because a battery on the agent's tape recorder died.

Jurors in the trial will hear the agent's testimony in its place.

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