Accused mall plotter pleads not guilty
BY MEGAN REICHGOTT
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
CHICAGO (AP) - A Muslim convert charged with planning a grenade attack at a Rockford shopping mall also allegedly dreamed of blowing up a federal courthouse and said he wanted to "smoke a judge," the government claims.
But on Tuesday, Derrick Shareef, 22, was calm and respectful as he answered District Judge David Coar's questions before pleading not guilty to charges of plotting to set off grenades in trash cans at CherryVale mall during the holiday shopping rush.
Coar asked about Shareef's education, physical condition and whether he'd ever been hospitalized for psychiatric treatment.
"I feel well," said a bearded Shareef, clad in the orange jumpsuit of a federal prisoner.