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Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for breaking into Mosque and vandalising it watch

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    A Florida man who broke into a mosque and left a slab of raw bacon now faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges, the state attorney's office said.

    Michael Wolfe, 37, of Titusville, Fla., will serve 15 years in state prison, followed by 15 years probation for the January 2016 crime at the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque in Titusville.

    Prosecutors said the agreement was reached after discussions with the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Titusville police. “He entered a plea deal and plead guilty to vandalizing the mosque itself with hate crime enhancement, making it a felony,” said Todd Brown, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office. “He waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation.”

    Police said Wolfe broke into the mosque, ripping down lights, smashing windows and leaving behind the pork product. Pork — including bacon and ham — is prohibited in Islam, a faith followed by 1.6 billion people worldwide. Wolfe also offered to the court the fact that he was a habitual offender, Brown said.
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    Too bloody right!
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    Welp....he gone screwed his whole life with a single bacon....wow v-v
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    I don't condone what he did, but 15 years? Rapists and murderers get less to no sentence at all.
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    What an absolute joke. 15 years??? People convicted of much worse crimes get less time than that.

    "Vandalizing" "Hate crime" If he was violent towards Muslims or physically damaged the Mosque (e.g. fire etc.) it would make more sense, but for leaving bacon? What a ****ing joke.
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    He might be a **** womble but thats more than the going rate for your average murder...
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    (Original post by Chaz254)
    What an absolute joke. 15 years??? People convicted of much worse crimes get less time than that.

    "Vandalizing" "Hate crime" If he was violent towards Muslims or physically damaged the Mosque (e.g. fire etc.) it would make more sense, but for leaving bacon? What a ****ing joke.
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    He might be a **** womble but thats more than the going rate for your average murder...
    Remember the U.S often hand out far worse sentences in general. Murder is typically life without parole... Rape and armed robbery can also be life without parole or 25+ years.

    We don't know his history, maybe he had had prior convictions for other hate crimes.
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    Damn, and he pleaded guilty.

    Sucks that he's being made an example of.
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    The maximum sentence for:

    Placing explosives with intent to cause bodily injury Offences against the Person Act 1861 s.30 14 years

    *Places Bacon in a mosque*
    *Gets 15 Years*

    I'm not saying he should not have been jailed, but 15 years is too excessive. 5 Years (Max) would have been fine.
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    All that bacon. What a waste.
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    It is because he was a Habitual Felony Offender. http://sa18.org/press/id/454 Plenty of US states have strict punishments for repeat offenders, with the so-called "three strikes" rules. The story here is not that it's bacon -- by all means, he went to a mosque with a machete and doesn't deserve any sympathy -- rather the story is that the state of Florida does not tolerate felony recidivists.


    It looks like he could have been given 30 years for it! https://www.richardhornsby.com/crimi...ncements.html#
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    (Original post by Notorious_B.I.G.)
    It is because he was a Habitual Felony Offender. http://sa18.org/press/id/454 Plenty of US states have strict punishments for repeat offenders, with the so-called "three strikes" rules. The story here is not that it's bacon -- by all means, he went to a mosque with a machete and doesn't deserve any sympathy -- rather the story is that the state of Florida does not tolerate felony recidivists.


    It looks like he could have been given 30 years for it! https://www.richardhornsby.com/crimi...ncements.html#
    Appreciate you adding further clarification to the story.
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    (Original post by Ninja Squirrel)
    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/...con/926811001/


    A Florida man who broke into a mosque and left a slab of raw bacon now faces 15 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges, the state attorney's office said.

    Michael Wolfe, 37, of Titusville, Fla., will serve 15 years in state prison, followed by 15 years probation for the January 2016 crime at the Islamic Society of Central Florida Masjid Al-Munin Mosque in Titusville.

    Prosecutors said the agreement was reached after discussions with the Islamic Society of Central Florida and Titusville police. “He entered a plea deal and plead guilty to vandalizing the mosque itself with hate crime enhancement, making it a felony,” said Todd Brown, a spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office. “He waived his right to a pre-sentencing investigation.”
    The best "proof" that Allah exists I've seen so far.
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    He broke in... and he may well have a history of crime, racially-motivated violence, or even have violated probation. So I agree it’s excessive but there is a reason, not just because he left bacon behind.
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    Isn't the maximum sentence for armed robbery like 10 years?
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    Good, there should be zero tolerance for hate crimes like this. 15-20 years would be a good deterrent
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    He does not deserve a single second in prison. This action harms nobody. Obviously breaking into anywhere is a serious crime, but when you do not steal anything or do any remote damage, I cannot reasonably say that you have done anything warranting jail time. This is patently absurd.
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