According to Daily Mail, 63-yr-old Robert Doggart, from a town outside Chattanooga, believed that the residents of the 100-strong Islamic community were training to carry out a massive terrorist attack on US soil.
The FBI says Doggart was planning to firebomb and burn down the mosque, school and other buildings in the town and to use an assault rifle, pistol and even a machete to kill anyone who resisted him, according to an investigation that began early this year.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doggart ran for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional district seat in 2014 as a conservative independent. He preached ‘the protection of the American people, land, and our form of government by the professional military establishment’ and received about six percent of the vote.
He faces five years in prison and was released on $30,000 bail after pleading guilty to a single count of interstate communication of threats.