Key West man charged in backpack bomb plot pleads not guilty

A Florida Keys man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of plotting to set off a backpack bomb in solidarity with the Islamic State terrorist group.

Attorney Richard Della Fera entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Miami forHarlem Suarez, 23, of Key West.

Suarez faces life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to terrorists.

Della Fera said Suarez is no terrorist.

“I will say at this stage that it appears Harlem may be a troubled and confused young man, but he is certainly not a terrorist,” Della Fera, said in a statement last month. “He comes from a very good, hard-working family that arrived here from Cuba in 2004, because they yearned for freedom

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