Federal grand jury indicts 3 Virginia men in alleged plot to bomb synagogues, black churches

A federal grand jury has indicted three Virginia men accused of plotting to shoot up or bomb synagogues and black churches.

The Richmond-area men were originally charged last month. A federal magistrate sent the case to a grand jury, which returned a three-count indictment Tuesday.

Court records show that 34-year-old Robert C. Doyle, 33-year-old Ronald Beasley Chaney II and 30-year-old Charles D. Halderman Jr. are charged with a robbery conspiracy. The government claims the men planned to rob a silver and coin dealer and use the money to finance a race war.

Doyle and Chaney also are charged with two firearms offenses. An FBI affidavit says those two defendants subscribe to "a white supremacy extremist version of the Asatru faith," a sect that emphasizes Norse gods and traditions.