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Man held in arson at high court

CARSON CITY — A 26-year-old man was arrested Thursday and charged with arson after an incendiary device was ignited at the Nevada Supreme Court Building on Sunday evening, the state Department of Public Safety announced.

Black spray paint was also used to write an anti-government slogan on the court building. There was minor damage to the structure, but no injuries as a result of the incident.

Christopher Lee Hollis was arrested after he was lured to a casino parking lot in Fallon, 60 miles east of the capital, where he was taken into custody without incident. Hollis is registered as a convicted person and a sex offender.

During questioning, Hollis and other sources indicated that Hollis had planned to stage an event that would “send a message” during the special legislative session scheduled to start today.

Hollis made other threatening statements against symbols of the government and the government’s ideals and policies.

During interviews, Hollis told others he wanted to blow up the Nevada State Supreme Court building and hurt people in the government. He also mentioned he is upset over changes in the tier system for sex offenders scheduled to take effect Tuesday.

An investigation into Hollis’ activities is continuing.

State Public Safety spokesman Dan Burns said the content of the graffiti message is not being released.

Hollis is in custody at the Carson City jail charged with fourth-degree arson. His bail has been set at $25,000 with the special condition that if he is released on bail he must wear a GPS transmitter so authorities know his whereabouts at all times.

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