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.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports ( ) that 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.

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

Doyle was sentenced to 17 ½ years in prison.

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