WASHINGTON (DOJ Press Release)- Jedediah Stout, 32, of Joplin, Missouri, pleaded guilty in the Western District of Missouri today to the arson of a Joplin mosque and two attempted arsons of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Joplin. The announcement came from Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, and U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson of the Western District of Missouri.
Stout pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge David P. Rush of the Western District of Missouri to a four-count information that charges him with one count of damage to the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque, two counts of arson at a Planned Parenthood facility in Joplin and one count of violating the Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act. He currently remains in federal custody without bond.
Stout, who told investigators that he did not like Islam as a religion, pleaded guilty to setting a fire that destroyed the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque on August 6, 2012. The mosque served families from neighboring states, many of whom provided funding for the operation of the mosque. As a direct result of the fire, many donations made during the Muslim holy period of Ramadan were destroyed.
Stout went on to admit that he committed the mosque arson using the same kind of incendiary device he later used in two Planned Parenthood arson attempts.
On October 3 and October 4, 2013, Stout was captured on surveillance cameras as he made consecutive attempts to set fire to the Planned Parenthood facility in Joplin. In both instances, he threw items containing an accelerant onto the roof of the facility and then ignited material attached to the accelerant. Stout was apprehended soon after the Planned Parenthood arson attempts. He admitted to investigators that he was responsible for both Planned Parenthood arson attempts and for the mosque arson. Stout further admitted that he targeted Planned Parenthood because they provided reproductive health care services.
Under federal statutes, Stout is subject to a maximum sentence of 60+ years in federal prison without parole.