Second Chesterfield man accused of plotting race war pleads guilty

Posted at 3:35 PM, Feb 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-05 15:35:21-05

RICHMOND, Va. – A man arrested for his role in a white supremacist plot plead guilty Friday.

Robert Doyle, 34,  was accused in a plot to bomb black churches, as well as synagogues, rob an armored car and kill a jewelry dealer.

He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery, forfeiture allegation, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, aiding and abetting.

Doyle, along with Charles Halderman, 30 and Ronald Beasley Chaney III, 33, were arrested during a FBI raid in November 2015.

FBI documents allege the suspects held a white supremacist meeting inside Doyle’s Candlelamp Lane home in late September.

Court paperwork also reported that 30 rounds of ammunition were found in Doyle’s truck.

Prosecutors alleged Halderman, Doyle and Ronald Chaney planned to use money stolen from a Richmond jeweler to buy and stockpile weapons. The money would also be used to buy land that would be used to train for a race war they hoped to inspire.

According to court records, Doyle has a lengthy criminal history including embezzlement, distribution of marijuana, and grand larceny.

Chaney was released from prison in March, after serving eight years on a 10-year prison sentence. He was sentenced in April 2007 for a June 2006 crime in which he was charged with malicious wounding and use in commission of felony.

Halderman was convicted on various grand larceny charges between 2004 and 2011.

In January, Halderman, agreed to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to affect commerce by robbery. He faces up to 20 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced in April.

Doyle will be sentenced at 9:30 a.m. on May 2. Chaney has not gone before the judge yet.

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