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The Justice Department today announced that Marq Perez, 26, was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison for burning down the Victoria Islamic Center on Jan. 28, 2017. Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Ryan Patrick for the Southern District of Texas, Special Agent in Charge Fred Milanowski of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and Special Agent in Charge Perrye K. Turner of the FBI made the announcement.

A jury found Perez guilty on July 16, for a hate crime in the burning of the Victoria Islamic Center (the mosque) on Jan. 28, 2017, and for the use of fire to commit a federal felony.  In addition, the jury found that Perez possessed an unregistered destructive device for a separate but related incident that occurred on Jan. 15, 2017.

The article goes on to state the following:

“Everyone in this country has the right to worship freely without fear of violence,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore. “This defendant terrorized the Muslim community in Victoria, and the Department partnered with federal, state, and local agencies to ensure that the person responsible for this heinous hate crime would be found and prosecuted.”

“The Attorney General has said that the Freedom of religion is indeed our ‘first freedom’—being the first listed right of our First Amendment,” said Patrick. “The Department of Justice prosecutes violent and dangerous crime, but also, and particularly when that crime interferes with someone’s ability to practice their religious faith. Not only was this a dangerous and potentially deadly act, but also one spurred from hate. I am glad justice was served in this case.”

“ATF is the primary federal law enforcement agency tasked with investigating House of Worship Fires and views an arson against a house of worship as not just an attack on a building, but as an attack against an entire community,” said Milanowski. “ATF is pleased the defendant has been held accountable for this crime and will continue to respond to these violent crimes using all available resources.”

“Mr. Perez sought to provoke terror within the tranquil space of the Victoria Islamic Center,” said FBI Assistant Special Agent-in-Charge Edward Michel. “By deliberately burning down this mosque, Mr. Perez attacked a specific religious congregation in the hope of spreading fear, conflict and depriving Victoria’s Islamic community of their peaceful and safe place to worship. Today’s sentencing illustrates that hate crimes will not be tolerated. No one in this country should feel afraid to openly practice their religion or express their beliefs. The FBI will continue to aggressively investigate civil rights violations wherever and whenever they occur.”

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder why when leftist loons, black lives matters, etc burn down privately owned businesses, it is a “protest” and as such at most they arsonists get a citation and told not to do it again. But burn down a muzzie “church” and you get 24 years!

    • To answer your question—
      Islam is a “Protected Religion” in this country unlike Christianity which has no such protection.
      The pillars of Islam are taught in public schools. The 10 Commandments or Christmas can’t even be mentioned.

  2. Mark my words, there will come a time when we will wish we had chased them back to the desert. History is repeating itself. It took many lives to eradicate them from western europe. Google Charles “The Hammer” Martel.

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