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Suspect asks to nix mosque fire plea

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An Indiana man who admitted in court that he started a fire at a Toledo-area 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 Islamic Center of Greater 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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