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.