Man accused of planning mosque shooting convicted on firearms charge

Bernandino Bolatete could face up to 10 years for possession of silencer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A man accused of plotting a mass shooting at a Jacksonville mosque was convicted Friday on a federal weapons charge. 

Bernandino Bolatete, 69, was arrested in December after investigators said he bought a firearm silencer from an undercover agent. His lawyers argued that contend the law that prohibits possession of a silencer without a registration is unconstitutional.

Police raided Bolatete's home in East Arlington and seized a stockpile of 11 guns and over 2,000 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said. A judge found he poses “an extreme risk to the community” based on his own statements and possession of multiple firearms.

During the trial, prosecutors planned to play a recording made by the undercover agent who "sold" Bolatete the silencer.

Bolatete is scheduled to be sentenced July 25. He could face up to 10 years in prison.

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