Man admits he burned mosque to avenge soldiers
He says he grew angry when he saw images of wounded soldiers on TV
By John Seewer
TOLEDO, Ohio — An Indiana man has admitted that he started a fire inside a mosque in Ohio because he wanted revenge for the killings of American soldiers overseas.
Randy Linn, of St. Joe, Ind., pleaded guilty to hate crimes charges Wednesday in federal court in Toledo.
Linn told a judge that he was angry after seeing images of wounded soldiers on TV news.
Prosecutors say he drove about two hours to suburban Toledo in September and broke into the mosque, where he poured gasoline on a prayer rug and lit it on fire.
Authorities say Linn had firearms in his car and carried a gun into the mosque, which had no one in it at the time.
A deal between prosecutors and Linn calls for him to be sentenced to 20 years.
Copyright 2015 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.
Join the discussion
The comments below are member-generated and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of FireRescue1.com or its staff. If you cannot see comments, try disabling privacy and ad blocking plugins in your browser. All comments must comply with our Member Commenting Policy.