Man charged with downtown Milwaukee mass shooting plot released until trial

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MILWAUKEE (AP) — A federal judge ordered the release of a man charged in a mass shooting plot in downtown Milwaukee until his trial next month.

Court records show that as a condition of this release granted Friday, Samy Hamzeh must have GPS monitoring and be confined to a home until his trial on Aug 21.

Hamzeh was arrested in 2016 on two counts of possessing a machine gun and one count of possessing a silencer, which he bought from undercover FBI agents. Federal prosecutors allege he was planning to kill at least 30 people at a Masonic center to "defend Islam."

Federal public defenders say their client repeatedly protested the informants' proposals and that he only wanted a legal handgun to protect himself.

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