Man accused in church attack plot gets nearly 9 years

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – A Virginia man accused of plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches has been sentenced to eight years and nine months in prison.

Ronald Chaney III was sentenced Tuesday by U.S. District Court Judge James R. Spencer. Chaney pleaded guilty in March to robbery conspiracy and firearm charges.

Prosecutors say Chaney and a co-conspirator, Robert Doyle, are white supremacists who were arrested after buying guns and explosives from undercover agents. An FBI affidavit said the men and another defendant conspired to rob a silver and coin dealer and use the money to finance a race war.

From left: Robert C. Doyle, Charles Halderman and Ronald Beasley Chaney, III
From left: Robert C. Doyle, Charles Halderman and Ronald Beasley Chaney, III

Chaney blamed his crimes Tuesday on “stupidity, impulsiveness and impatience.”

Doyle was sentenced to 17-and-a-half years in prison.

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