Man tries to withdraw plea after Islamic Center fire - 13abc.com Toledo (OH) News, Weather and Sports

Man tries to withdraw plea after Islamic Center fire

Posted: Updated:
PERRYSBURG, Ohio -

The man who admitted to setting a fire inside the Islamic Center of Greater Toledo is now one step closer to withdrawing that plea.  Randy Linn, of St. Joe Indiana, made that formal request in front of a judge Friday.

It was a very different hearing than back in December when Randy Linn admitted to Judge Jack Zouhary that judge he drank 45 beers, drove from Indiana to set a fire at the Islamic Center in Perrysburg because he was upset about images he'd seen on television of Muslims killing Americans.  Friday Linn was pretty silent but his intention was clear.

The last time we saw Linn he was leaving federal court in Toledo headed for federal prison in Milan Michigan facing 20 years in prison for setting the fire.  At some point in prison he had time to write a letter saying he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea because he said...

"… My plea was not knowingly, intelligently and voluntarily made, due to my duress and my emotional state at the time of my plea…."

Even though Linn did have a lawyer and was asked several times in December whether he understood the plea, Linn said in his letter:

"I did not have the opportunity to discuss defenses, tactics, strategies or the nature and effect of my guilty plea and sentencing."

Linn also said, "…I was under depression over this alleged crime.  I made the wrong decision."

At his hearing Friday morning, Judge Zouhary appointed Linn a new attorney.  That attorney offered no comment when asked why Linn was doing this.  Linn only answered the judge with a "yes sir" when asked whether it was his desire to move forward with formally trying to withdraw the plea. 

A hearing is now set for March to hear arguments on the motion to withdraw the guilty plea.  13abc talked to federal prosecutors after Friday's hearing.  They did not speculate on why exactly Linn was doing this but said he's exercising his right and that not much surprises them in cases anymore.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Perkins K9 leads Troopers to 188 bindles of heroin

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:45 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:45:01 GMT
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
    Nearly 200 packets of heroin are off the streets thanks to a K9 officer from Perkins Township. The state highway patrol called for the assistance of Officer "Uganda" during a recent traffic stop. Uganda was able to sniff out 188 bindles of heroin. They were all inside of a vehicle on the turnpike near U.S. 250. Perkins Township police posted this pictures to Facebook including a picture of Officer Uganda. No word yet on who troopers arrested, but Perkins Police, who assisted with the bust, po...
  • 92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    92.5 KISS FM host heading to Tulsa, OK

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:32 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:32:58 GMT
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...
    A local radio D.J. and morning show host has a new gig and he's leaving town. Sid Kelly has been on the air at 92.5 KISS FM for the past three years. He took over for Andrew Z. Two months ago, Clear Channel did not renew Kelly's contract. He's now preparing for a new gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma. You'll be able to hear him online, on K-Hits, starting Monday, August 11. Kelly broke the news to his followers on Facebook and says he's going to miss Toledo. The 39-year-old went to Ohio State and he's c...
  • Clarion slowly coming down as "At Home" opens next door

    Clarion slowly coming down as "At Home" opens next door

    Friday, August 1 2014 7:08 AM EDT2014-08-01 11:08:46 GMT
    The city of Toledo has big plans for the Reynolds Road corridor, and it's shelling out big bucks. Just last week, the city agreed to buy the site of the former Southwyck mall for $3M. That's if it can land a developer within 120 days. The designs call for a corporate headquarters. Southwyck closed in 2008. So did the Clarion hotel next door. The K-Mart next to that also pulled out, but today there's a welcome sign for some: A "now open" sign. It's on the front of the former K-Mart, showing of...
    The city of Toledo has big plans for the Reynolds Road corridor, and it's shelling out big bucks. Just last week, the city agreed to buy the site of the former Southwyck mall for $3M. That's if it can land a developer within 120 days. The designs call for a corporate headquarters. Southwyck closed in 2008. So did the Clarion hotel next door. The K-Mart next to that also pulled out, but today there's a welcome sign for some: A "now open" sign. It's on the front of the former K-Mart, showing of...
  • Top StoriesMore>>

  • Another pool of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus

    Another pool of mosquitoes tests positive for West Nile Virus

    Friday, August 1 2014 11:24 AM EDT2014-08-01 15:24:12 GMT
    We have received confirmation that another pool of mosquitoes collected has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This pool of mosquitoes was collected on July 22nd in Fives Points in West Toledo. The Ohio Department of Health says that there has been an increase in West Nile Virus activity throughout the state. Health experts say make sure you do all you can in terms of personal protection and eliminating mosquito breeding locations from around your home.
    We have received confirmation that another pool of mosquitoes collected has tested positive for West Nile Virus. This pool of mosquitoes was collected on July 22nd in Fives Points in West Toledo. The Ohio Department of Health says that there has been an increase in West Nile Virus activity throughout the state. Health experts say make sure you do all you can in terms of personal protection and eliminating mosquito breeding locations from around your home.
  • Breaking News

    Semi crashes into Tony Packo's

    Semi crashes into Tony Packo's

    Friday, August 1 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-08-01 14:02:44 GMT
    A semi-truck crashed into Tony Packo's on Front Street in East Toledo.Toledo Police are on the scene and are urging motorists to avoid the Front and Consaul area. We'll have more information as it becomes available from our crews on the scene.
    A semi-truck crashed into Tony Packo's on Front Street in East Toledo.Toledo Police are on the scene and are urging motorists to avoid the Front and Consaul area. We'll have more information as it becomes available from our crews on the scene.
  • Chrysler reports July sales best since 2005

    Chrysler reports July sales best since 2005

    Friday, August 1 2014 9:53 AM EDT2014-08-01 13:53:05 GMT
    August 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 167,667 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in July 2013 (140,102 units), and the group’s best July sales since 2005.The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 41 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during July and its best ever July sales. Chry...
    August 1, 2014 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Chrysler Group LLC today reported U.S. sales of 167,667 units, a 20 percent increase compared with sales in July 2013 (140,102 units), and the group’s best July sales since 2005.The Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck and FIAT brands each posted year-over-year sales gains in July compared with the same month a year ago. The Jeep brand’s 41 percent increase was the largest sales gain of any Chrysler Group brand during July and its best ever July sales. Chry...

Area Events Calendar

See It, Shoot It, Send It!