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Controversial pastor Terry Jones says he will burn more copies of the Quran in Polk County

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Bartow, Florida -- Controversial pastor Terry Jones says he plans another Quran burning in Polk County on September 11th, despite being in trouble with the law after his last attempt.

10 News caught up with Jones in Bartow at a court hearing Tuesday.

The judge in the hearing gave Jones' lawyers more time to work out a deal with prosecutors.

Jones told 10 News he's willing to accept a small sentence for what happened in Polk County last September 11th, so he can concentrate on coming back to Polk County this next September 11th to finish what he started.

"The burning of the 2,998 Qurans -- the thing that we attempted to do last September -- we are going to do it this September," Jones said.

"We are definitely looking at doing it in Polk County."

Jones came to court Tuesday for an update on his arrest from this past September 11th.

Deputies stopped Jones on his way to a park in Mulberry, hauling Qurans soaked in kerosene. The charges: illegally transporting fuel and violating his concealed weapons permit.

Jones says he's looking for a deal where he'll be sentenced for less than those full charges.

Why take a plea deal instead of fighting all the way to a trial?

He says by admitting to a smaller charge, he'd save money and time in court -- both things he'd rather put to use protesting Islam. And he can guarantee he's not considered a felon, which would force him to give up his two guns.

"We have several hundred death threats against my life, and a reward for $6 million. So, of course, for us, it's very important to be able to protect ourselves," Jones said.

Once this Quran case is closed, Jones says he'll be back in court, trying to go after Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd.

He says Judd illegally targeted him and kept him from his free speech right to set copies of the Muslim holy book on fire.

"We feel that our First Amendment rights were violated," Jones said.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Scott Wilder responded: "We haven't violated his civil rights. All he needed to do was obey the law when he was in Polk County. And he didn't."

And we learned Tuesday that Terry Jones is now your neighbor in Tampa Bay. He said he has officially moved himself and his organization from Gainesville to Bradenton.

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