Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, 23, was indicted on charges of supporting terrorism and money laundering over the past year and a half.
Mohamud came to Columbus in 1999 from Somalia. He is not currently employed.
Prosecutors had filed a motion on Tuesday for a higher bond. The motion claimed that Mohamud is a public safety risk and has every reason to flee the U.S.
Mohamud is currently being held in the Franklin County Jail.
On Wednesday, a defense attorney asked for the lower bond. Sam Shamansky said, until this weekend, Mohamud has never been in serious trouble with the law.
The attorney added that the suspect’s family is devastated.
“Anybody who would have a loved one in this spot would be heartbroken, and they’re certainly in that camp. Whether the charges are true or not is secondary – to have this kind of spotlight shined on your loved one and family is difficult,” said Shamansky.
The charges have been filed in state court, and O’Brien said the case is part of a continuing FBI investigation.
Mohamud’s attorney says he anticipates a federal indictment in the near future.
Prosecutors would not say if more arrests are pending.