Who is Richard Holzer? Wiki, Biography, Age, Wife, Charges, Arrested, Investigation Report

Richard Holzer Wiki – Richard Holzer Biography

Richard Holzer pleaded guilty to attempting to stop people from exercising their religion with an explosive or fire and attempting to destroy a building used in interstate commerce in a plea deal with prosecutors.

While each of the two crimes carries a maximum penalty of up to 20 years in prison, prosecutors in return promised not to ask a judge to impose a sentence of more than 20 years when Holzer is sentenced on Jan. 21.

Holzer, who is a self-identified neo-Nazi and white supremacist, visited the Temple Emanuel synagogue to observe the Jewish congregants. After one visit, he told undercover FBI agents that he wanted to do something that would signal to the Jewish people in the community that they were not welcome in Pueblo and that should leave or they will die, according to the Department of Justice.

Holzer also sent an FBI agent photos of him holding automatic weapons and said that he was “getting ready for RAHOWA,” which is shorthand for a “racial holy war.”

Richard Holzer Age

Richard Holzer is 28 years old.

Arrested and Charges

Holzer was arrested Nov. 1, 2019, after receiving phony pipe bombs and dynamite from undercover FBI agents he had been meeting with.

One agent posing as a white supremacist had reached out to him online after seeing Holzer’s social media posts promoting white supremacy and violence, according to the facts agreed to by both sides as part of the plea deal.

As he accepted the fake explosives hours before he planned to use them at Pueblo’s Temple Emanuel synagogue, Holzer, displaying a Nazi armband and carrying a copy of “Mein Kampf” in his backpack, the plea deal said.

Holzer also allegedly thanked the agents for their efforts and called the planned attack a “move for our race”, the document said.

After his arrest, Holzer told police that he did not plan to hurt anyone by bombing the synagogue in the middle of the night, but acknowledged he would have gone ahead with his plan if the building had been occupied because anyone there would be Jewish, the plea deal document said.

Temple Emanuel is the second oldest synagogue in Colorado. It was built in 1900 largely by descendants of immigrants from central and eastern Europe.

Holzer’s guilty plea is a reminder that hate crimes will not be tolerated in the state, Scott Levin, the director of the Anti-Defamation League Mountain States Region said.

“Hate crimes damage the social fabric of our society and fragment communities. It is critical that those who seek to harm others because of their religion, race, national origin, sexual orientation, or any other defining characteristic, be held accountable for their crimes,” he said.

According to the league, the number of anti-Semitic incidents reported in Colorado increased 56% from 2018 to 2019.

Investigation Report

In a statement about the deal, Colorado U.S. Attorney Jason Dunn called the law enforcement effort on the case “the most important work that we can do – protecting our communities by stopping an attack before it occurred.”

Last September, the FBI’s Denver field office began an undercover operation; agents posed as fellow white supremacists to investigate Holzer after receiving a concerned citizen’s report about his online comments that suggested a possible threat to the community.

Holzer also sent an FBI agent photos of him holding automatic weapons and said that he was “getting ready for RAHOWA,” which is shorthand for a “racial holy war.”

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In meetings with the undercover agents, Holzer repeatedly expressed his hatred of Jewish people and suggested using explosive devices to destroy the synagogue.

He told the agents that he wanted to “get that place off the map.” He also admitted that he had coordinated with the agents to obtain the explosives.

On Nov. 1, 2019, undercover agents provided Holzer with fabricated explosive devices, including two pipe bombs and 14 dynamite sticks.

The DOJ said Holzer’s actions meet the definition of domestic terrorism.

“We remain committed to working with our partners to protect Colorado’s citizens from those who plan to commit acts of violence, including that which constitutes a hate crime or domestic terrorism, and hold those individuals accountable,” Michael Schneider, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver field office, said in a statement.


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