Man Accused in Church Attack Plot Gets Nearly Nine 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.