San Jose's Matthew Llaneza Pleads Not Guilty to Bombing Case

Man pleads not guilty in Oakland bank bomb case

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    Joan Lynch
    Matthew Llaneza appears in federal court in Oakland during a bail hearing on Feb. 14, 2013.

    A 28-year-old former Marine has pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to blow up an Oakland bank with a car bomb.

    The Oakland Tribune reports Matthew Aaron Llaneza of San Jose entered the plea Friday in federal court. If convicted, he could face life in prison for attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

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    Matthew Llaneza of San Jose was arrested Friday by the FBI in an alleged would-be bomb plot. The ACLU is critical of these FBI terrorist sting operations where undercover agents help create the plot themselves. Terry McSweeney reports. (Published Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013)

    LLaneza's attorney says his client was found to suffer from significant mental illness but was competent to stand trial.

    Authorites say Llaneza tried to blow up a Bank of America branch last month and ignite a civil war by blaming the bombing on anti-government militias.

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    The NBC Bay Area has learned a great deal about 28-year-old Matthew Llaneza through court records and a variety of sources.Llaneza served in the Marines, but not his full term. Sources say he was discharged for medical reasons. Tony Kovaleski investigates. (Published Friday, Feb. 8, 2013)

    LLaneza has been held in jail since he was caught in an FBI sting operation involving an agent posing as a member of the Taliban.