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Man accused of planning Dylann Roof-style attack indicted on federal gun charge

Benjamin McDowell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Benjamin McDowell (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WMBF) – The Conway man accused of planning an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof” was indicted this week on a federal gun charge.

According to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s District of South Carolina office, Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 30, was indicted on Tuesday with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person.

If convicted, McDowell could receive a maximum fine of $250,000 and/or 10 years in prison, the release stated.

According to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI, an undercover agent posing as a member of the Aryan Nation met with McDowell several times and discussed a plan to conduct an attack on an unknown location.

The agent then sold McDowell a handgun, the firing pin of which had been shaved down without McDowell's knowledge, and hollow point ammunition, according to investigators.

Later that day, McDowell was arrested in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach hotel while allegedly in possession of the gun, the ammo, a cell phone, and a marijuana cigarette.

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