Controversial pastor pushes for plea deal - FOX 13 News

Controversial pastor pushes for plea deal

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If Pastor Terry Jones went to trial, it could be costly, or drag on indefinitely, so the idea of a plea deal looks good.

"We're looking to settle the situation," said Jones. "We just have to see what's to be to our advantage."

Last year, Jones fired up Mulberry where he planned to hold an event to burn nearly 3,000 Korans -- one for each person killed on 9/11.

He was arrested on his way to the park where the event was scheduled to take place.

Jones was charged with illegally transporting kerosene, which he planned to soak the Korans in.

He also had his gun out, and didn't have a tag on his trailer.

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd believes Jones wanted to be arrested.

"First of all, you don't have a tag on your trailer, which is a second degree," said Sheriff Judd. "I mean c'mon man, it's kinda like he is poking at you, you gotta think he is doing that intentionally."

Maybe, maybe not, but Jones definitely doesn't want to be convicted of a felony. He would lose his right to vote, and the right to carry a gun.

Jones says he has two of them for personal protection, due to hundreds of death threats.

He also claims there is a $6 million bounty on his head by Islamic terrorist groups.

"We are very careful when we travel," said Jones. "We notify the local authorities. We carry of course, the firearm. That's well-known."

Jones also said he is planning another 9/11 Koran burning event in Polk County.

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