Richard Holzer, the 28-year-old white supremacist who plotted to explode the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo final yr, pleaded responsible Thursday to federal hate crime and explosive fees, the U.S. Division of Justice introduced.
Holzer, of Pueblo, faces a most of 20 years in jail for the hate crime cost and 20 years for the explosive cost, together with a positive as much as $250,000, the Justice Division stated in a information launch.
He’s set to the sentenced Jan. 20.
“The defendant tried to bomb the Temple Emanuel Synagogue to drive individuals of Jewish religion out of his neighborhood,” Assistant Lawyer Normal Eric Dreiband of the Civil Rights Division stated within the information launch. “Violence motivated by spiritual intolerance strikes on the coronary heart of a free society, and the Justice Division will proceed to analyze and prosecute these violent acts of hate.”
Within the plea settlement, Holzer — who, in accordance with prosecutors, self-identified as a neo-Nazi and white supremacist — admitted that he deliberate to destroy Temple Emanuel, the second-oldest synagogue in Colorado.
Undercover brokers foiled Holzer’s plan final November once they met with him to debate his plan to incite a racial holy battle and destroy the synagogue.
Through the assembly with the undercover brokers, Holzer “repeatedly expressed his hatred of Jewish individuals and urged utilizing explosive units to destroy the synagogue,” the Justice Division stated. He admitted within the settlement to coordinating with undercover brokers to acquire explosives, together with pipe bombs.
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“The actions Holzer admitted within the plea settlement meet the federal definition of home terrorism, as they concerned prison acts harmful to human life that have been supposed to intimidate or coerce a civilian inhabitants,” federal prosecutors stated within the information launch.
The incident rattled the Pueblo Jewish neighborhood and different Jewish congregations throughout the nation as consultants monitor an increase in anti-Semitism in recent times.