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Murfreesboro man pleaded guilty to vandalizing Islamic Center

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

A Murfreesboro man charged with vandalizing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro last summer pleaded guilty on the charges in federal court on Wednesday.

Charles Dwight Stout III, 20, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to damage religious property and to causing damage to religious property because of its religious character in U.S. District Court, according to U.S. Attorney Don Cochran for the Middle District of Tennessee.

Stout and Thomas Gibbs, 18, of Murfreesboro, were indicted on the federal charges in September 2017 and charged with conspiring to commit a civil rights violation and committing a civil rights violation through damaging and defacing the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

According to the plea agreement, Stout admitted that on July 10, 2017, he conspired to vandalize the Islamic Center by placing bacon, a pork product forbidden by Islam, around an entrance; and spray painted profane references to Allah on multiple parts of the building’s exterior; and concealed his identity in the commitment of these crimes by wearing a Soviet World War II-era gas mask.

Stout was previously indicted on Aug. 30, 2017, for obstructing a federal investigation by deleting photographic evidence. Under the terms of the plea agreement, the government will dismiss the obstruction charge and Stout agrees to a sentence of one year supervised release and the payment of restitution in an amount determined by the court when he is sentenced on Aug. 13.

Charges against Gibbs are still pending.

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