Pueblo synagogue bomb suspect pleads not guilty to alleged terror plot

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DENVER (KKTV) - A self-proclaimed white supremacist has pleaded not guilty to plotting to bomb a Pueblo synagogue.

The FBI announced at the start of the month that they had thwarted the alleged terror plot against Temple Emanuel mere hours before it was set to happen. According to an arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, suspect Richard Holzer obtained two fake pipe bombs and 14 sticks of phony dynamite from undercover FBI agents with the intention of using on the synagogue. Authorities say Holzer intended to carry out the attack in the wee hours of Nov. 2, but only in order to avoid police.

"Mr. Holzer stated that he was not concerned about any loss of life from the attack because such victims would be Jews," said U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn during a Nov. 4 news conference to announce Holzer's arrest.

Holzer was indicted by a federal grand jury last week and faces three counts: intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religions beliefs, through force and attempted use of explosives and fire; attempted arson; and using a fire or an explosive device to commit a felony offense. Holzer pleaded not guilty on all counts Monday morning.

If convicted, he faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.

Temple Emanuel, Holzer's alleged target, is the second-oldest synagogue in the state of Colorado.