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Indiana man asks to nix Ohio mosque fire plea

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TOLEDO, Ohio -

An Indiana man who admitted in court that he started a fire at an Ohio mosque now wants to withdraw his guilty plea.

Randy Linn, of St. Joe, Ind., asked to change his plea Tuesday, saying he made a mistake.

Linn told a federal judge last month that he set the fire at the mosque near Toledo because he wanted revenge for the killings of American soldiers overseas.

Linn now says in a court filing that he was in an emotional state and depressed when he pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors say Linn was armed when he broke into the mosque, poured gasoline on a prayer rug and lit it on fire.

A deal between prosecutors and Linn had called for him to be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

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