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Arsonist sentenced to 24 years for Texas mosque burning

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Security officials investigate the aftermath of a fire at the Victoria Islamic Center mosque in Victoria, Texas January 29, 2017. REUTERS/Mohammad Khursheed

VICTORIA (Texas), Oct 18 — An arsonist convicted of burning down a Texas mosque last year was sentenced yesterday to more than 24 years in prison for a crime prosecutors said was motivated by hate.

Marq Perez had been found guilty in July of a hate crime and felony arson in the January 2017 burning of the Victoria Islamic Center in Southeast Texas.

The 26-year-old had broken into the mosque a week before the arson in order to conduct reconnaissance, the Department of Justice (DOJ) said in a statement citing trial testimony.

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The Malay Mail Online

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