The case has received very little local or national media coverage and has resulted in an outcry from The Muslims of America, Inc., the organization and community Doggart targeted. The organization said in a press release it was notified about the threat and worked with state and federal authorities to provide Islamberg residents with around-the-clock security. The organization’s public relations director, Mathew Gardner, said in a statement,
“Doggart is an example of the results of unchecked and rampant Islamophobia which has spread lies for years about our peaceful community. This man plotted to mercilessly kill us, kill our children, and blow up our mosque and our school. We have sound reason to believe he has already visited our other locations around the U.S. What other murderous plans do he and his private militia have and where are his accomplices?
“All would agree, if a Muslim did this, the perpetrator would be immediately identified as a terrorist then prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The examples are numerous,” Gardner continued. “Therefore, we call on all branches of justice to see to it that this man is prosecuted for planning a heinous hate crime and terrorist act.”
Oddly, Doggart was not charged with a hate crime or terrorism. He pleaded guilty to charges of interstate communication of threats. He remains free on bond until sentencing. Doggart is facing a $250,000 fine and up to five years in prison. He was put on pre-trial release two weeks ago, after his attorneys told Magistrate Judge Susan K. Lee he had weaned himself off painkillers and stopped using alcohol while in the Hamilton County Jail.
In response to objections from the U.S. Attorney, U.S. District Judge Curtis R. Collier wrote,
“Because the chief concern is that Defendant may want to travel to New York to inflict harm on people or destroy buildings, the home detention and location monitoring, along with being in the custody of family members, should go a significant way toward ensuring Defendant does not pose a danger.”
Doggart ran as an independent in 2014, picking up about six percent of the vote in a race that overwhelmingly elected U.S. Rep.Scott DesJarlaisof South Pittsburg. He campaigned on a platform of overturning Roe v. Wade, “no ‘political correctness,’” limiting immigration, investigating Benghazi, and a “restoration of better days.”