Ex-Marine appeals Ohio mosque fire conviction

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A former Marine from Indiana has appealed his conviction and prison sentence for starting a fire inside an Ohio mosque because he wanted revenge for the killings of American soldiers overseas.

Randy Linn has said he became enraged after seeing news images of wounded soldiers and decided to burn the mosque.

Linn, sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this month, appealed on Friday to the 6th U.S. Court of Appeals in Cincinnati.

Linn, of St. Joe, Ind., has also been ordered to pay $1.4 million for damage caused by the fire.

Prosecutors say Linn drove about two hours from his home to suburban Toledo on Sept. 30, broke into the mosque where he poured gasoline on a prayer rug and lit it on fire.

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