Florida Man Sentenced To 15 Years In Prison For Vandalizing Mosque With Bacon

December 12, 2017 | 15 Comments » | Topics: Story

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A man who vandalized a Florida mosque and left a slab of raw bacon on its doorstep has been sentenced to 15 years in prison on a hate crime conviction.

Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief to a place of worship, a case considered a felony hate crime, Todd Brown the spokesman for Florida’s 18th Judicial District said.

CCTV footage from January 2, 2016 captured a man with a shaved head wearing camouflage clothing smashing windows, cameras and lights with a machete knife at the mosque in Titusville, near Cape Canaveral.

Hate groups have been using pork products to desecrate mosques in the USA due to the Muslim faith’s prohibition of them, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

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Prosecutors said the sentence of 15 years in prison followed by 15 years probation was reached after discussions between the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Titusville police, report USA Today.

Brown said:

He entered a plea deal and plead guilty to vandalizing the mosque itself with hate crime enhancement, making it a felony.

He waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation.

According to Brevard County records, Wolfe has had multiple run-ins with the police, including convictions in burglary of an unoccupied dwelling and grand theft in 2004.

He has the option of filing an appeal within 30 days of his conviction.