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Neo-Nazi pleads guilty in plot to bomb one of Colorado’s oldest synagogues

Richard Holzer, who wanted to blow up a synagogue but was unknowingly in contact with undercover FBI agents, is facing 20 years in prison

A self-proclaimed neo-Nazi pleaded guilty Thursday to a plot to blow up one of Colorado’s oldest synagogues in 2019, federal prosecutors said.


Richard Holzer, 28, discussed with undercover FBI agents plans to destroy the Temple Emanuel Synagogue in Pueblo in the middle of the night. He was arrested in November.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts, one a federal hate crime charge and another that deals with attempting to use explosives to destroy a building, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado said in a statement.

Each charge carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, but under in a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend no more than two decades. Federal public defenders representing Holzer declined to comment.

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