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CAIR-OH Welcomes Guilty Plea in Toledo Mosque Arson

(Toledo, Ohio, 12/19/12) – The Ohio chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR- Ohio), today welcomed news that the Indiana man charged with intentionally setting fire to a Toledo mosque in September has pleaded guilty.

SEE: Man pleads guilty to mosque arson fire (Toledo Blade)

The Islamic Center of Greater Toledo, which also houses an elementary school, suffered extensive damage from the arson.

Randolph Linn, 52, was charged in October with one count each of intentionally defacing, damaging, and destroying religious property and using a fire to commit a felony. On Tuesday, he was also indicted on a charge of using and carrying a firearm to commit a violent crime. He faces up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced at a later date.

“We are thankful to our federal, state and local law enforcement officials for helping to ensure that the man who committed this hateful act is now being held accountable for his crime,” said Julia Shearson, executive director of CAIR-Cleveland. “We look forward to seeing the Toledo Muslim community move forward from this painful time.”

SEE: Suspected Arsonist Faces Charges over Mosque Burning (CNN)

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding.

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CONTACT: CAIR-Cleveland Executive Director Julia Shearson, 216-830-2247,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,

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