MO man pleaded guilty to mosque arson, attempted arsons at Planned Parenthood
JEFFERSON CITY – A Joplin man pleaded guilty in the Western District of Missouri Monday to the arson of mosque and two attempted arsons of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Joplin, according to Department of Justice.
Jedediah Stout, 32, pleaded guilty to four charges including one count of damage to the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque, two counts of arson at a Planned Parenthood facility and one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act.
“In pleading guilty, Stout admitted he attempted to burn the Planned Parenthood because it provides reproductive health services, and that he set fire to the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque because of its religious character,” Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta said. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute violence against reproductive health services providers and crimes motivated by religious animus.”
Stout told investigators he did not like Islam as a religion, according to court documents. The documents said Stout also admitted he committed the mosque arson using the same type of incendiary device he used in the two Planned Parenthood arson attempts.
“I am committed to protecting and preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans,” said U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson. “The Islamic Society of Joplin and Planned Parenthood were direct victims of these acts of arson, along with those whom they serve. But our entire community is impacted by hate crimes that strike at the heart of the principles by which we all live in a democracy. We will not tolerate the use of violence by anyone who threatens others in the free exercise of their religious and civil rights.”
Authorities caught Stout on surveillance cameras when he made tried to set Planned Parenthood on fire. Both times Stout threw items containing an accelerate onto the roof of the facility and ignited material attached to it, according to court documents.
Authorities arrested Stout after the Planned Parenthood arson attempts.
Under federal statutes, Stout can face a maximum sentence of 61 years in federal prison without parole. He is being held in federal custody without bond.