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Man who bought gun for planned church attack pleads guilty

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - A white supremacist faces up to 10 years in prison for illegally buying a gun authorities say he planned to use in an attack similar to the South Carolina church shootings.
 
News outlets report 30-year-old Benjamin McDowell pleaded guilty Monday to being a felon in possession of a weapon.
 
The FBI says McDowell told an undercover agent he wanted to buy a gun for an attack in "the spirit of Dylann Roof." Roof was sentenced to death last year for a racist shooting that killed nine black worshippers at a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
 
McDowell couldn't legally own a gun because of a felony burglary conviction. Authorities say he didn't name a specific target.
 
FBI agents say they arrested McDowell after he bought the gun from the undercover agent.

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