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The Justice Department announced today that Jedediah Stout, 30, of Joplin, Mo., was charged today in a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Mo., with the attempted arson of a Planned Parenthood facility.
As stated in the complaint affidavit, on Oct. 3, 2013, and Oct. 4, 2013, Stout 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 will have his initial appearance in U.S. District Court on Oct. 21, 2013.
Today’s charge is the result of an investigation conducted by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Joplin Police Department. Prosecution of this case is being handled by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kelleher in conjunction with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.