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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/05/2019 07:37 AM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/05/2019 07:37 AM
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Colorado Man Charged with Federal Hate Crime for Plotting to Blow Up Synagogue

Denver, CO...Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division and Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the National Security Division, U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn for the District of Colorado, and Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips for the FBI Denver Division announced today that a Colorado man has been charged with a federal hate crime for plotting to blow up the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado.

Richard Holzer, 27, of Pueblo, Colorado, was charged by criminal complaint with intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs, through force and the attempted use of explosives and fire, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 247.

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, Holzer planned to destroy Temple Emanuel, a synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado, that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. After visiting Temple Emanuel and observing Jewish congregants, Holzer, who self-identifies as a skinhead and a white supremacist, told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to do something that would tell Jewish people in the community that they are not welcome in Pueblo, and they should leave or they will die. The affidavit states that during a meeting with the undercover agents, Holzer repeatedly expressed his hatred of Jewish people and his support for RAHOWA, shorthand for a racial holy war. Holzer went on to suggest using explosive devices to destroy the Synagogue and “get that place off the map.” The affidavit notes that Holzer’s actions meet the federal definition of domestic terrorism in that his actions involve criminal acts dangerous to human life that are intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population.

Holzer allegedly met with undercover agents posing as fellow white supremacists to discuss a plan to attack Temple Emanuel, then visited the Synagogue together. The affidavit alleges that Holzer then made additional trips on his own to inspect the Synagogue and coordinated with undercover agents to obtain explosives.

On the evening of Nov. 1, 2019, Holzer allegedly met with undercover agents, who provided Holzer with inert explosive devices that had been fabricated by the FBI, including two pipe bombs and 14 sticks of dynamite. According to the affidavit, Holzer planned to detonate the explosives several hours later, in the early hours of Saturday morning, Nov. 2, 2019.

Assistant United States Attorney Julia Martinez and Trial Attorney Michael J. Songer of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case, with assistance from Counterterrorism Section Trial Attorney Erin Creegan of the Justice Department’s National Security Division. The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Pueblo Police Department and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.

Holzer is currently in federal custody. He faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison if convicted.

The charge in the complaint is merely an allegation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

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Re: Kudos
Posted on: 2019-11-05 08:03:15   By: Anonymous
Glad they caught him-very sad situation. These supremacists/anarchists need to be dealt with severely! We need to keep our country safe.

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    Re: Kudos
    Posted on: 2019-11-05 10:40:26   By: Anonymous
    This guy is without doubt a total jerk/ass with all he spouts off.

    However the trend in setting up people for criminal acts/charges by the Feds in all areas is very troubling.

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      Re: Kudos
      Posted on: 2019-11-05 11:31:32   By: Anonymous
      Setup for criminal act? What kinda hogwash right-wing crap are you insinuating ?

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        Re: Kudos
        Posted on: 2019-11-05 12:24:02   By: Anonymous
        Hey is Denver in Calaveras County ?

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          Re: Kudos
          Posted on: 2019-11-05 12:37:40   By: Anonymous
          He voted Trump in 2016.

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      Re: Kudos
      Posted on: 2019-11-05 12:51:05   By: Anonymous
      The only trend is for more conspiratorial nutcases like you proving that we need the Feds to be more aggressive in pursuing cases like this. Lock ‘me all up!

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        Re: Kudos
        Posted on: 2019-11-05 14:21:22   By: Anonymous
        Great local news !

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          Re: Kudos
          Posted on: 2019-11-05 16:09:22   By: Anonymous
          Just a good example of trump’s hate

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      Re: Kudos
      Posted on: 2019-11-05 16:59:43   By: Anonymous
      Given your rhetorical predilections you shoukld be immediately 5150d and given a pre-fontal lobotomy. And so should should most of the Republican party.....Vicky, David, Bill, Ssuan, Dennis, should report to the local emergency room for immediate treatment

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        Re: Kudos
        Posted on: 2019-11-05 20:26:52   By: Anonymous
        Kentucky just told trump to get fukced and elected a Democratic governor. This is the beginning of the end.

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          Re: Kudos
          Posted on: 2019-11-06 14:11:11   By: Anonymous
          And take the racist moron Paul Rand with you... I see why the guy next door needed to kick his ass.

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            Re: Kudos
            Posted on: 2019-11-06 16:02:11   By: Anonymous
            Steven r stupid just cant help himself. Huh, have you seen my woodshed? I may have lost it in my caboose. Lol yes kudos audit my ban ditto wth.

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