Federal prosecutors say they have discussed a possible plea deal for a Lebanese immigrant accused of placing a backpack he thought contained a bomb near Wrigley Field last year.
Prosecutors didn't elaborate when they told Judge Robert Gettleman at a Thursday status hearing in Chicago that they've been talking to defense lawyers about resolving the case before it gets to trial.
Sami Samir Hassoun pleaded not guilty last October to federal charges, including to attempted use a weapon of mass destruction. If convicted, he could face life in prison.
Prosecutors accuse the 23-year-old former medical student of taking a fake bomb given to him by undercover FBI agents, then dropping it in a trash bin near Wrigley Field.
Gettleman set a tentative trial date of Feb. 6.