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Suspect in Pueblo synagogue bombing plot faces additional charges

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Posted at 12:24 PM, Nov 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 19:02:40-05

DENVER — A white supremacist from Pueblo is now facing up to 50 years in federal prison after a grand jury indicted him for plotting to blow up a synagogue in Pueblo, according to the Department of Justice.

The three-count indictment accuses Richard Holzer, 27, of "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.

He is currently in federal custody and his next court appearance will be Monday.

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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