Tennessee man who planned attack against Muslim community sentenced to 20 years in prison

Former Tennessee Valley Authority engineer Robert Doggart is escorted from the Joel W. Solomon Federal Building in Chattanooga after his four count conviction of planning an attack on a Muslim community.

A former Tennessee Valley Authority engineer who was convicted of soliciting people to attack a Muslim community was sentenced to a maximum 20 years in prison Wednesday.

Calling him a distinct "danger and threat to the citizens of the United States of America," U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier ordered Robert Doggart to serve a 235-month sentence and have a mental health evaluation.

"You are not a monster," Collier told the 65-year-old man. "I have never sentenced a monster. In many respects, you lived a life of honor. But you're not standing here to be sentenced for that."

Prosecutors said Doggart, a former 2014 congressional candidate, believed a Muslim town called Islamberg near Hancock, N.Y., was a terrorist training camp focused on attacking New York City or poisoning the Delaware River. Law enforcement has said no evidence supports that conclusion.