PEMBROKE PINES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime for phoning a bomb threat to a mosque.
In a statement, federal prosecutors in Miami said 26-year-old Dustin Allen Hughes of Cutler Bay pleaded guilty Thursday to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs through the threatened use of a dangerous weapon and explosive.
Prosecutors said Hughes had threatened to detonate a bomb at the Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque in Pembroke Pines. The voicemail Hughes left May 5 was laced with profanity and statements such as, “You guys are all gonna be up in flames after I’m done with you!”
No explosives were found at the mosque.
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Hughes faces up to 20 years in prison at his Sept. 6 sentencing.