A Houston man charged by a federal grand jury last month with two civil rights violations pleaded guilty last week for threatening to blow up a pair of synagogues.
We're not sure what the man had against Jewish houses of worship, but according to court documents, he left voice mails for Congregation Beth Israel and Congregation Or Ami telling them he would blow them up and harm people.
Dante Phearse made the calls last year and is expected to be sentenced this summer.
According to the Justice Department, Phearse "faces a statutory maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each civil rights violation, and a statutory maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each count of making bomb threats over the phone."
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