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Florida man, 37, sentenced to 15 YEARS for hate crime

  • Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief 
  • Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage place a raw slab of bacon on a mosque doorstep
  • Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products including bacon
  • Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence 

By Reuters

Published: 18:16 EST, 6 December 2017 | Updated: 20:54 EST, 6 December 2017

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Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief and sentenced to 15 years in prison (Pictured: January 2016)
Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief and sentenced to 15 years in prison (Pictured: January 2016)

Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to criminal mischief and sentenced to 15 years in prison (Pictured: January 2016)

A man who vandalized a Florida mosque in January 2016 and left a raw slab of bacon on its doorstep was 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 in a case considered a felony hate crime, said Todd Brown, spokesman for Florida's 18th Judicial District, which includes Brevard and Seminole counties.

Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage clothing breaking windows, cameras and lights with a machete at the mosque in Titusville, Florida, near Cape Canaveral.

Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products including bacon, and hate groups have used pork products as a way to desecrate U.S. mosques, according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. 

Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage place a raw slab of bacon on a mosque doorstep
Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage place a raw slab of bacon on a mosque doorstep

Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage place a raw slab of bacon on a mosque doorstep

Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence
Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence

Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence

The Florida CAIR branch agreed with prosecutors and defense attorneys in determining Wolfe's sentence, Brown said.

'The Florida Muslim Community is suffering an unprecedented number of hate crimes,' Florida CAIR spokesman Wilfredo Ruiz said in a statement issued on Wednesday.

'Multiple mosques and Islamic institutions have been broken into, vandalized, and even set on fire.'

Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence, Brown said. 

Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products including bacon, and hate groups have used pork products as a way to desecrate U.S. mosques
Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products including bacon, and hate groups have used pork products as a way to desecrate U.S. mosques

Muslims are prohibited from consuming pork products including bacon, and hate groups have used pork products as a way to desecrate U.S. mosques

 

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