Fort Myers man pleads guilty to threatening Muslims

Posted at 2:48 PM, Feb 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-08 14:48:58-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) - A man has pleaded guilty to threatening the owners of two Muslim grocery stores in southwest Florida.

A U.S. Department of Justice news release says 34-year-old James Benjamin Jones pleaded guilty Wednesday to two federal hate crimes.

Authorities say Jones threatened the owners of two markets last summer in the Fort Myers area. Jones told one store owner that he and others "will blow up all Muslims and get this land back."

Jones admitted during a plea hearing that he made the threatening remarks.

A sentencing hearing has not yet been set.

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