Man pleads guilty to intentionally setting fire inside mosque

This is just part of the damage done by the fire at the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo.

The Indiana man accused of setting a fire inside a prayer room of the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo pleaded guilty in court Wednesday.

Randolph Linn, 52, could be sentenced for up to 20 years behind bars for the Sept. 30 incident at the Perrysburg Twp. mosque. Several days after the incident, Linn was arrested and charged with damaging religious property and using fire to commit a felony. On Tuesday, a federal grand jury indicted Linn on an additional count of carrying a firearm to commit violence.

When asked by a judge on Wednesday why he committed the crime, Linn responded that he had heard a report of Americans being injured in violence overseas and decided to get in his car and commit the act inside an Islamic place of worship.