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Man accused of Masonic temple plot pleads not guilty

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The man accused of plotting to attack a Milwaukee Masonic temple in the name of Islam has pleaded not guilty to federal gun charges in the case.

Samy Mohamed Hamzeh made the plea in court Tuesday.

Hamzeh's attorney declined to talk about whether his client should be released on bail, saying more time was necessary to review evidence against Hamzeh.

Prosecutors say Hamzeh told FBI informants that he wanted to kill at least 30 people to spark more mass shootings in the U.S.

The public defender's office has said Hamzeh's attorneys are likely to focus on the actions of the FBI in the sting operation and whether he was coerced.

The next hearing in the case was set for March 29.

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