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24-year-old man arrested in firebombing of Oregon mosque to remain in federal custody
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) ' A 24-year-old man accused of firebombing an Oregon mosque last year will be kept in federal custody while his trial process plays out.
Cody Crawford appeared in U.S. District Court in Eugene on Thursday, less than a day after he was arrested on a federal hate crimes indictment.
He did not enter a plea, but has told The Associated Press he is "100 percent innocent." The charges carry a total maximum of 30 years in prison.
Crawford is accused of setting fire to a Corvallis mosque two days after FBI agents arrested a Somali-American on a charge of plotting to set off a bomb at Portland's annual Christmas tree lighting.
The mosque fire burned one room. No one was hurt.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bud Fitzgerald says Crawford has bipolar disorder and is an alcoholic ' and would be a flight risk if released.