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Suspect in Pueblo synagogue bombing plot pleads not guilty

Posted at 11:56 AM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 19:26:19-05

DENVER — A white supremacist who is accused of plotting to bomb the Temple Emanuel in Pueblo pleaded not guilty to three charges Monday morning, according to the Associated Press.

A grand jury submitted a three-county indictment Friday against 27-year-old Richard Holzer.

The charges included: "intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs, through force and the use and attempted use of explosives and fire," attempted arson, and using fire or an explosive device to commit a felony.

Holzer was arrested Nov. 1 after the FBI said he accepted what turned out to be phony explosives from undercover agents he had been talking to about the plan to bomb Temple Emanuel in Pueblo.

An undercover agent began talking to him on Facebook in September after investigators say he promoted white supremacy and violence on several accounts.

Holzer originally faced up to 20 years in prison with the initial charge, but he now faces up to 50 years in federal prison if convicted.

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