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Ohio man pleads guilty to firebomb attempt on church hosting drag event, faces 20-30 years

An Alliance, Ohio, man who was federally charged with trying to firebomb a church with Molotov cocktails in protest of the church’s plans to host drag shows, pleaded guilty Monday to violating the Church Arson Prevention Act, and using fire and explosives to commit a felony.

The Department of Justice said 20-year-old Aimenn D. Penny made Molotov cocktails before driving to the Community Church of Chesterland in Chesterland, Ohio, on March 25.

The church was planning to host two drag shows in support of the LGBTQI+ community the following weekend, which angered Penny.

“Attempting to burn down the Community Church of Chesterland for their support of the LGBTQI+ community is reprehensible,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division said. “There is no room in this country for such bias-motivated violence and terror, and the Justice Department will continue to protect all Americans in their free exercise of religious beliefs by vigorously prosecuting those who target houses of worship. Our churches should be safe havens for all people, not sites subjected to violence motivated by hate and vitriol.”

Greg Wehner is a breaking news reporter for Fox News Digital.

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