WASHINGTON — Jedediah Stout, 32, of Joplin pleaded guilty Monday in the Western District of Missouri in Springfield to the arson of a Joplin mosque and two attempted arsons of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Joplin.
The case included items used in the crimes that were determined to have been purchased by Stout at Walmart, thanks to assistance from store personnel in Neosho.

WASHINGTON — Jedediah Stout, 32, of Joplin pleaded guilty Monday in the Western District of Missouri in Springfield to the arson of a Joplin mosque and two attempted arsons of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Joplin.
The case included items used in the crimes that were determined to have been purchased by Stout at Walmart, thanks to assistance from store personnel in Neosho.
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 remains in federal custody without bond.
Stout, who told investigators he did not like Islam as a religion, pleaded guilty to setting a fire that destroyed the mosque Aug. 6, 2012. The mosque served families from neighboring states, many of whom provided funding for its operation. As a result of the fire, many donations made during the Muslim holy period of Ramadan were destroyed.
Stout admitted that he committed the mosque arson using the same kind of incendiary device that he later used in two Planned Parenthood arson attempts.
On Oct. 3 and Oct. 4, 2013, Stout was captured on surveillance cameras as he made consecutive attempts to set fire to the Planned Parenthood facility. In both instances, he threw items containing an accelerant onto the roof of the facility and 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 arson attempts and for the mosque arson.
Stout further admitted that he targeted Planned Parenthood because they provide reproductive health care services.
Shortly after midnight Oct. 3, an individual, wearing dark pants and a light-colored jacket with a hood was captured on surveillance cameras approaching the rear entrance of a Planned Parenthood facility with a backpack, which later was determined to have been purchased from the Neosho Walmart. The individual placed the backpack on the ground, pulled out a section of what was later identified as a rope dog toy and threw the backpack on the roof of the building while holding onto the rope toy.
After the backpack became wedged on the roof between several sets of utility wires leading into the building, the cameras captured the individual setting the rope attached to the backpack on fire. The suspect quickly departed on foot.
The following evening, an employee of Planned Parenthood observed the backpack on the roof and a partially burnt piece of rope on the ground near the rear entrance to the building. The employee notified the Joplin Police Department. Investigators from the department, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the FBI arrived on scene.
The backpack, which had a length of the rope dog toy still tied to it, was recovered from the roof. A clear, plastic container containing a bi-layered accelerant was located in the gutter three feet from the backpack.
Special agents of the FBI examined the backpack and found it still had the manufacturer’s tag attached. The tag bore a UPC number, style number and a Walmart contract number.
After concluding that the backpack was sold by Walmart, the investigators proceeded to the Neosho Walmart. While meeting with store asset protection personnel, the agents learned that the rope toy, used in the arson attempt, also was sold by Walmart.
As a result, a grand jury subpoena was issued to Walmart Global Investigations requesting information pertaining to any sales transactions in which the backpack and rope toy were sold during the same transaction.
The plea was announced Monday by 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.
“In pleading guilty, Stout admitted that he attempted to burn the Planned Parenthood because it provides reproductive health services and that he set fire to the Islamic Society of Joplin mosque because of its religious character,” Gupta said. “The Justice Department will continue to vigorously prosecute violence against reproductive health services providers and crimes motivated by religious animus.”
“I am committed to protecting and preserving the Constitutional rights of all Americans,” Dickinson said. “The Islamic Society of Joplin and Planned Parenthood were direct victims of these acts of arson, along with those whom they serve, but our entire community is impacted by hate crimes that strike at the heart of the principles by which we all live in a democracy. We will not tolerate the use of violence by anyone who threatens others in the free exercise of their religious and civil rights.”
Under federal statutes, Stout is subject to a maximum sentence of 61 years in federal prison without parole. The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided for informational purposes as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors. A sentencing hearing will be scheduled after the completion of a pre-sentence investigation by the U.S. Probation Office.
The case was investigated by the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Joplin Police Department. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jim Kelleher of the Western District of Missouri in conjunction with the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.