Ohio man who amassed guns at mall sentenced

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Associated Press

Posted on December 19, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 19 at 4:07 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A man, fearing doomsday, who stockpiled weapons and ammunition at a northern Ohio shopping mall has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Prosecutors alleged Richard Schmidt of Toledo was planning to carry out a race war, but the federal judge who sentenced Schmidt on Thursday said there wasn't enough evidence to support that claim.

Schmidt's attorney said his client had the guns and other survival gear because he was preparing for a potential doomsday calamity.

Federal agents discovered the weapons at the mall where Schmidt operated a store. They also found a list that included the names of black and Jewish leaders in Ohio and Michigan.

Schmidt told the judge he never should have written the list, but added that he never intended to harm anyone.

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