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Twin Falls Iraq War veteran pleads not guilty to harassment

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TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) _ An Iraq War veteran charged with threatening
a Muslim woman in December has pleaded not guilty.
Forty-two-year-old John C. Larsen is charged with felony
malicious harassment in 5th District Court Monday.
Police say Larsen approached the woman who was wearing a
traditional Muslim head covering in the Twin Falls Wal-Mart last
December and asked if she was Muslim. When she said yes, police say
Larsen screamed at her. Police say Larsen told the woman he had a
concealed weapon, had killed Muslims before and would kill more.
Investigators also reported finding a loaded firearm in his
vehicle.
The Times-News reports Larsen claims he suffers from
post-traumatic stress disorder.
He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000
fine.
A jury trial is set for April 19.


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