(STL.News) – U.S. Attorney Jason R. Dunn for the District of Colorado, Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband for the Civil Rights Division, Assistant Attorney General John C. Demers for the National Security Division, and Special Agent in Charge Dean Phillips for the FBI Denver Division announced today that Richard Holzer, age 27, of Pueblo, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver for attempting to blow up a synagogue in Pueblo, Colorado.
The federal grand jury returned a three-count indictment. Count One charges Holzer with intentionally attempting to obstruct persons in the enjoyment of their free exercise of religious beliefs, through force and the use and attempted use of explosives and fire. This charge is the same as was charged in the original complaint filed on Monday, November 4, 2019. Count Two charges Holzer with attempted arson, and Count Three charges Holzer with using fire or an explosive device to commit a felony offense.
Holzer is currently in federal custody. He is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott T. Varholak on Monday, November 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m., where he will be advised of the charges contained in the indictment, and arraigned on those charges. If convicted, Holzer faces a maximum penalty of 50 years in prison.
Assistant United States Attorney Julia Martinez and Trial Attorney Michael J. Songer of the Civil Rights Division are prosecuting the case on behalf of the government. The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Pueblo Police Department and Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office.
The charges contained in the indictment are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.