A self-confessed white supremacist was sentenced to 19 1/2 years in prison on Friday after pleading guilty months ago for a botched attempt to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019.
The Richard Holzer, 28, appeared in a Denver federal courtroom on a conviction that concluded an undercover FBI investigation into a plot to demolish the Emanuel Temple in Pueblo, Colorado, the state’s second oldest synagogue.
Although the conspiracy was foiled US District Judge Raymond Moore said Holzer tried to terrorize the Jewish community in Pueblo, a city of 112,000 people about 100 miles south of Denver.
« It’s one of the most vulgar … evil crimes that can be committed against a whole group of people, « Moore said while imposing the prosecution’s requested sentence.
The defendant confessed in October guilty of once attempting to violently obstruct worship and once attempting to demolish a building used in interstate commerce according to his consent form.
Holzer, who lived in Pueblo, was arrested in November 2019 after Federal agents had covertly followed his social media posts in which, according to an affidavit by the FBI, he expressed hatred of Jews.
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