Florida Mosque Threats Out of Client's Character: Attorney

The attorney for a Florida man accused of threatening to firebomb a mosque says his client has no criminal record or history of violence.

Bryant Camareno says the accusations against 43-year-old Martin Alan Schnitzler of Seminole are ``outside of his character.''

According to court documents, Schnitzler left a voicemail Friday for the Islamic Center of Pinellas County in the hours after the terrorist attacks in Paris, threatening to firebomb it and ``shoot whoever is there.'' FBI investigators deemed the threats not credible.

Camareno tells The Tampa Tribune that Schnitzler wants to reach out to ``people of the Islamic faith, to show that's not who he is.''

Camareno also says that ``it remains to be seen that what he is accused of saying rises to the level of a crime.''

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