Man charged in church attack plot pleads guilty

Robert C. Doyle. (Photo: Northern Neck Regional Jail)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man charged with plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and firearms charges.

Thirty-four-year-old Robert C. Doyle entered the pleas Friday in federal court in Richmond on Friday. The max he could be sentenced to is a combined 30 years in federal prison. He could also face a $500,000 fine.  As part of the agreement, prosecutors must refrain from charging him with any other non-violent charges associated with this case.

Prosecutors say Doyle and a conspirator are white supremacists who bought guns and explosives from undercover agents. Authorities they planned to rob a Richmond-area silver and coin dealer and use the money to finance a race war.

Sentencing is set for May 2.

(Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

Stay with 8News for continuing coverage of this developing story.

Comments are closed.