Man Gets More Than 24 Years In Prison For Torching Texas Mosque

on March 17, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia.
FALLS CHURCH, VA - MARCH 17: Copies of the Quran are shown on the shelf of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center mosque during a town hall meeting with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring March 17, 2017 in Falls Churc... FALLS CHURCH, VA - MARCH 17: Copies of the Quran are shown on the shelf of the Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center mosque during a town hall meeting with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring March 17, 2017 in Falls Church, Virginia. The town hall, sponsored by the Council on American-Islamic Relations, was held following U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order limiting immigration from 6 predominantly Muslim nations and also included a free free "Citizenship Application Clinic." (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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VICTORIA, Texas (AP) — A man convicted of torching a South Texas mosque last year has been sentenced to more than 24 years in prison.

Marq Vincent Perez was sentenced Wednesday during a court hearing in Victoria, Texas.

In July, a jury convicted the 26-year-old Perez of federal arson, explosives and hate crime charges.

Mark Di Carlo, Perez’s defense attorney, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.

At his trial, prosecutors said that a “rabid hatred” of Muslims led Perez to set fire to an Islamic center in Victoria, destroying the building.

Authorities asserted Perez aimed to terrorize Muslims along the middle Texas Gulf Coast and to cause damage and destruction.

Perez, who denied involvement in the blaze, could have been sentenced to up to 40 years.

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