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Pinellas man who threatened mosque pleads guilty to hate crime

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A Pinellas man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque last fall has pleaded guilty to a hate crime in federal court. The Justice Department reported in a news release Friday that 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler of Seminole pleaded guilty to obstructing persons in the free exercise of religious beliefs. He faces up to 20 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines will likely call for a significantly lighter punishment. Schnitzler admitted in his plea that he left a voicemail for the…

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