- Associated Press - Saturday, June 3, 2017

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee man convicted of threatening to burn down a mosque in New York could serve less time in prison after a federal judge threw out two of his guilty verdicts.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier dismissed two counts of threats in interstate commerce against 65-year-old Robert Doggart on Friday. Doggart was convicted of recruiting about 10 people to attack a Muslim community called Islamberg. But Collier wrote Doggart did not make “true threats” because he did not personally intimidate the community’s residents.

The newspaper reported Doggart now faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. Prosecutors said earlier this year Doggart had faced up to 40 years in prison.

Prosecutors declined to comment, but they could appeal Collier’s decision.


Information from: Chattanooga Times Free Press, https://www.timesfreepress.com

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