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Man accused of planning mosque shooting convicted on firearms charge

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

On Facebook, Bernandino Bolatete goes by the name Nandie Bolatete
On Facebook, Bernandino Bolatete goes by the name Nandie Bolatete (Facebook profile photo)

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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