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Oregon trial team in Mohamed Mohamud case honored by U.S. attorney general

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

The Oregon trial team responsible for the conviction of Mohamed Mohamud in the Pioneer Courthouse Square tree-lighting bomb plot has been honored by U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Mohamed Mohamud was 19 years old when he was arrested in November 2010. In 2013, a jury found him guilty of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Mohamud attempted to detonate a fake bomb during Portland's Christmas tree-lighting ceremony. The fake bomb was supplied by FBI agents posing as al-Qaida recruiters.

He was sentenced to 30 years in prison in October 2014.

On Wednesday, the 12-person trial team in the case received Attorney General Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The awards recognize "dedication to carrying out the Department of Justice's mission."

Acting U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams said the Mohamud trial was a "significant milestone in protecting national security" and the Oregon team met various challenges including defining the scope of entrapment, protecting classified and sensitive information and techniques and maintaining the secrecy of undercover agents."

Awards were given to 279 Justice Department employees and 33 others from across the country. 

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