The Crime and Investigation
What began in 2002 as a conspiracy to acquire illegal firearms and unregistered bombs expanded to include a plot to destroy religious property. The suspects included a podiatrist, dentist and Federal Firearm Licensee (FFL). In a joint investigation with the Pinellas County (Florida) Sheriff's Office, ATF agents and Sheriff's deputies seized a variety of machineguns, explosive devices and other prohibited weapons from the home of one suspect. They also recovered notes and schematics delineating plans to bomb a local Islamic education center.
Thirty-seven explosive devices were found in the Goldstein residence, along with instructions on how to build bombs. The suspects intended to use the bombs against law enforcement and an Islamic education center.
ATF confiscated three firearms from the Goldstein residence similar to the models on display.
Remington M-870, 12-gauge, short-barrel shotgun
Grenade Launcher, 37mm
Glock Model 17, 9mm pistol
Dr. Robert Goldstein, Kristi Goldstein, Dr. Michael Hardee Samuel Shannahan
Search warrants were executed in 11 different locations, yielding 60 firearms, 37 destructive devices and valuable documentary evidence. Four defendants were arrested by ATF Agents and Sheriff's deputies on a variety of federal charges, including conspiracy, possession of unregistered destructive devices, attempt to destroy religious property and firearms violations.
Dr. Robert Goldstein, the principal suspect, and his accomplice Dr. Michael Hardee were each convicted on three charges and sentenced to 151 months and 41 months imprisonment, respectively. Samuel Shannahan, the FFL, was convicted on one charge and sentenced to 56 months. Kristi Goldstein, Robert's wife, received 36 months.