2 plead guilty in Columbia mosque fire case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Two Middle Tennessee men have pleaded guilty to federal hate crimes for their role in firebombing a mosque in Columbia earlier this year.

Jonathan Edward Stone and Michael Corey Golden both pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to one count of destruction of religious property and one count of use of fire to damage religious property.

Stone was 19 and Golden was 23 when they were arrested after the Feb. 9 attack on the Islamic Center of Columbia. They will be sentenced at an undetermined date.

The firebombing burned down the small mosque in a storefront. No one was hurt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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