VA white supremacist suspect pleads guilty to multiple charges

Published: Feb. 5, 2016 at 7:45 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 5, 2016 at 8:01 PM EST
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Robert Doyle, accused in a plot to start a "race war," pleaded guilty to several charges on Friday.

Doyle is charged with conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, a maximum of 10 years.

When Judge Roderick Young asked Doyle if he understood that pleading guilty meant that he admitted to the charges, Doyle replied, "I do understand that, and that is exactly what I am saying."

The FBI says Doyle held a meeting on September 27 at his Chesterfield home to discuss "shooting or bombing the occupants of black churches and Jewish synagogues."

According to the FBI, Doyle and another suspect, Ronald Chaney, met with an undercover agent posing as an illegal arms dealer on October 25. The two allegedly ordered "an automatic weapon, explosives, and a pistol with a silencer."

On November 8, the FBI says Chaney met with the undercover agent to make the purchase, and was placed under arrest. Doyle was arrested later that day.

Doyle will be sentenced on May 2.

A third suspect, Charles Daniel Halderman was arrested on November 8 and charged with conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act robbery. Halderman has already pleaded guilty to the charges and will be sentenced on April 25.

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