By Jesse Sarles

(CBS4) – A Colorado man has pleaded guilty in a plot to firebomb a Jewish synagogue in Pueblo. Richard Holzer made the plea in federal court on Thursday morning.

Richard Holzer (credit: CBS)

Richard Holzer (credit: CBS)

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Temple Emanuel was the intended target, but federal agents infiltrated Holzer’s operation in 2019 and disrupted the plans. They said Holzer, a known white supremacist, wanted to drive the Jewish people out of Pueblo. Unsealed federal court documents revealed the FBI became aware that he made racist, anti-Semitic and threatening statements on social media prior to launching his plot.

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Temple Emanuel in Pueblo

(credit: CBS)

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Under terms of the plea agreement, Holzer cannot receive more than 20 years in prison when sentencing is scheduled to take place on Jan. 20, 2021.

Jesse Sarles