An indictment unsealed Wednesday in U.S. District Court charges 49-year-old Preston Q. Howard of Wright City with placing 10 threatening calls to the Islamic Society of Augusta between June and August, the Associated Press writes.
The indictment says Howard phoned in a series of threats to “blow up the mosque” and “shoot and kill Muslims,” as well as to “behead” worshippers and set them on fire after dousing them with gasoline.
U.S. Attorney Bobby Christine is prosecuting the case in the Southern District of Georgia.
Meanwhile, a woman who reached a plea deal after being accused of making threats outside a western Michigan mosque has been sentenced to three years of probation, AP informs.
Thirty-four-year-old Kari Moss of Ada learned her punishment Tuesday, as she earlier pleaded no contest to making a false bomb threat. A stiffer charge of making a false threat of terrorism was dismissed under the agreement.
Her mother has said she’s suffered from mental illness for years. A judge says mental health issues were a factor and ordered Moss to take doctor-prescribed medication as part of her probation, AP adds.
Police say members of the At-Tawheed Islamic Center in Kentwood told investigators a woman was outside the mosque’s locked doors January 2 demanding money when she made threats.