Man who threatened Fla. mosques gets year in prison
Tampa, Fla. — Authorities say a Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb two mosques last fall has been sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison.
The Justice Department reported 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler’s sentencing in a news release Monday. He pleaded guilty in February to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. He had faced up to 20 years in prison.
Schnitzler admitted in his plea that he left voicemails for the Islamic Society of St. Petersburg and the Islamic Society of Pinellas County hours after the November attacks in Paris, threatening to firebomb the center and “shoot whoever is there.” FBI investigators deemed the threats not credible.
The Nov. 13 attacks in Paris claimed 130 lives and wounded hundreds more.