The FBI arrested and charged Finton with attempted murder, in the same courthouse he planned to destroy. He has been appointed a lawyer from the federal defenders office in Springfield. In Washington, Thursday, David Kris the assistant attorney general for the National Security Division said of Finton's case, "Fortunately, a coordinated undercover law enforcement effort was able to thwart his efforts and ensure no one was harmed."
Sources told ABC News Finton became so radicalized he even tried to become a pen pal with John Walker Lindh, known as the "American Taliban" after he was caught in Afghanistan when the U.S. invaded in the months after 9/11.
If convicted, both Smadi and Finton could face life in a U.S. prison.
Although the two cases were not connected, officials say the FBI and Justice Department had to coordinate the timing of the two so that arrests would not cause suspects to get cold feet with their intention to conduct their operations.