A man convicted of burning down a Texas mosque in 2017 has been sentenced to 24 years in prison Wednesday, the US Department of Justice said in statement, reports AFP.
Marq Perez 26, was found guilty of a hate crime and use of fire to commit a federal felony in July for burning down the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan 28, 2017. Perez was also found possessing an unregistered destructive device for a related incident that occurred on Jan 15, 2017.
"This defendant terrorised the Muslim community in Victoria, and the department partnered with federal agencies to ensure that the person responsible for this heinous hate crime would be found and prosecute," said John Gore, acting assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division.
Witness testimony revealed Perez has broken into the mosque a week before setting the fire and communicated with someone through Facebook about breaking in again the night the fire took place.