Florida man Dustin Allen Hughes was sentenced Thursday to 4-years in prison for threatening to blow a mosque, an officer of the court told Anadolu Agency. Hughes was arrested May 15, Judge Federico A. Moreno, sentenced Dustin Allen Hughes to 48 month prison time, three years of supervised release, and $1,800 in restitution. Dustin Allen Hughes, 26, from Cutler Bay, just outside of Miami, called the Jamaat Ul Muttaqeen Mosque of Pembroke Pines on May 5 and left a hate-filled and Islamophobic bomb threat message on the mosque’s voicemail. Hughes called in the threat to scare the members of the mosque, according to the Justice Department. Hughes said; “I planted a bomb in your temple, I’m gonna blow your fucking temple up you f—— Muslim. Where you guys have your sanctuary and worship Allah, I’m gonna blow that mother f—– up. I have a detonator…You guys are all gonna be up in flames after I’m done with you!”.
On June 28, he pleaded been guilty to one count of obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs with the threatened use of an explosive device.
After serving his sentence, Hughes will face a three-year period of supervised review, the court officer at the U.S. courthouse in Miami told Anadolu Agency. He will also have to pay $1,800 in restitution.
U.S. Attorney Benjamin Greenberg confirmed the country’s commitment to religious freedom and safety, in a statement after Hughes pleaded guilty.
“Our office is committed to protecting the right to freely exercise one’s religious beliefs,” Greenberg said. “Obstructing this right, by force or threat of force, constitutes a hate crime that we will continue to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.”