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Man held for burning mosque in Joplin and trying to burn clinic

A man has confessed to arson that destroyed a mosque in Joplin last year and admitted he twice tried to burn down the Planned Parenthood clinic there this month, according to a document filed Monday in federal court.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said Jedediah Stout, 29, attempted to burn the Planned Parenthood clinic on Oct. 3 and 4 by tossing a backpack with a flammable liquid onto the roof and lighting a makeshift fuse made of rope. Both attempts failed.

Federal investigators traced the purchase of the materials from Wal-Mart to Stout, who was detained shortly after the Oct. 4 attempt and smelled of a flammable liquid, according to the complaint. His fingerprint also was found on the bottle of liquid.

Stout was arrested Friday and confessed to trying to burn the clinic, according to the court document. It said he also confessed to setting fires at the Islamic Society of Joplin’s mosque on July 4 and Aug. 7 last year. The second attempt destroyed the building.

Stout is in federal custody pending a detention hearing Tuesday.

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