Candidate Who Plotted to Slaughter Muslims in a School Set Free Because He Isn’t a ‘True Threat’
A federal judge has thrown out a plea agreement between prosecutors and defense attorneys, claiming that despite pleading guilty, a former congressional candidate who planned to slaughter Muslims in a New York town is not a “true threat.”
Former Tennessee congressional candidate Robert Rankin Doggart pleaded guilty to interstate communications of threats in May and was looking at up to five years behind bars.
Instead, U.S. District Court Judge Curtis Collier threw out the plea agreement, ruling that the prosecutors did not prove that the 63-year-old was a “true threat.”
The prosecution “has not shown by clear and convincing evidence defendant’s release would pose an unreasonable danger to the community or any particular individual,” Collier said in court.
Doggart had admitted that he plotted a terrorist attack on a mosque and school in Hancock, New York.
Doggart was recorded by an FBI informant telling “militia” members, “When we meet in this state, the people we seek will know who we are. We will be cruel to them, and we will burn down their buildings. If anyone attempts to harm us in any way, our stand gunner will take them down from 350 yards away. The standoff gunner would be me.”
Doggart was captured with a cache of rifles, explosives, and armor-piercing ammunition.
“If there’s a gun gun fight, well there’s a gun fight, and I want to come home because I love my family and I want to see my kids again,” Doggart was recorded telling a militia member. “But I also understand that if it’s necessary to die, then that’s a good way to die.”
Doggart has been ordered to home arrest, substance abuse treatment, and psychiatric treatment.