- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A man accused of firebombing a Corvallis mosque five years ago was convicted of a federal hate crime charge.

Cody Seth Crawford pleaded “no contest” Tuesday to a charge of damaging religious property. Prosecutors will ask that he be sentenced to five years of probation.

Authorities say Crawford was motivated by racial hatred after the arrest of a Muslim man accused of plotting to set off a car bomb in Portland in 2010. Mohamed Osman Mohamud had worshipped for a time at the damaged mosque.

Crawford has maintained his innocence.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1KWxLpB ) that Crawford told a federal judge that he is ready to move on with his life. U.S. District Judge Ann Aiken accepted his plea, allowing him to avoid admitting guilt while accepting that he would be convicted.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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