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June 30, 2018 10:57
Man Pleads Guilty Making Bomb Threat Targeting Florida Mosque

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A Florida man, who raised threats to bomb mosque has admitted hindering the free exercise of spiritual beliefs through the vulnerable use of a dangerous weapon and explosive, federal prosecutors said on Friday.

The Cutler Bay resident, in Florida Dustin Allen Hughes, 26, pleaded culpable in the Southern District of Florida on Thursday during a legal proceeding, federal prosecutors said in a statement.

He faces up to 20 years in prison house when he is sentenced on September 6.

According to a statement by prosecutors, Hughes confessed to calling an emergency contact on May 5 for the Jamaat Ul Muttaqueen Mosque in Florida and leaving "a hate-filled and profanity-laden voice message denigrating Islam and threatening to blow up the mosque."

In a voicemail message, Hughes said he had a detonator, that he was "going to blow your ... temple up," and that "you guys are all going to be up in flames after I'm done with you," according to the statement.

Law enforcement was contacted and instantly responded, but no explosive device was found at the mosque, prosecutors said.

"The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute hate crimes so that all people, no matter how they worship, can live their lives freely and without fear," Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore said in the statement.

By Sowmya Sangam

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