A white supremacist from Conway who said he admired convicted Charleston church shooter Dylann Roof and pleaded guilty to a federal gun charge will be sentenced next week.
WMBF-TV reports that Benjamin McDowell will go before a federal judge on July 11. Prosecutors originally accused him of planning an attack on a synagogue.
The FBI arrested McDowell in February 2017 after he arranged to buy a .40-caliber Glock from an undercover agent. According to the FBI, McDowell spoke in several conversations of his hate for minorities and dissatisfaction with other white supremacists he did not think were willing to act on their beliefs in the manner Roof did. According to prosecutors, McDowell eventually told the agent he was plotting an attack against a Myrtle Beach synagogue.
McDowell pleaded guilty to one count of felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition in February, waiving his right to a trial his right to appeal.
Court documents said that McDowell was treated for mental illness before. He told a judge he has been diagnosed with bipolar and schizoaffective disorder and takes anxiety medication.