Man sentenced to 15 years in prison for leaving bacon and vandalising Florida mosque

Michael Wolfe

A man who vandalised a mosque in Florida and left a slab of bacon on its doorstep has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Michael Wolfe, 37, pleaded guilty to criminal mischief to a place of worship in a case considered a felony hate crime.

Surveillance video after the 2016 incident showed a man with a shaved head and camouflage clothing breaking windows, cameras and lights with a machete at the mosque in Titusville, Florida, police said.

Far-right white supremacist groups have used pork as a way to desecrate mosques in the U.S., according to the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

The Florida CAIR branch agreed with prosecutors and defence attorneys in determining Wolfe’s sentence.

Florida CAIR spokesman, Wilfredo Ruiz, said in a statement issued on Wednesday: “The Florida Muslim Community is suffering an unprecedented number of hate crimes.

“Multiple mosques and Islamic institutions have been broken into, vandalized, and even set on fire.”

Wolfe was also sentenced to 15 years of probation, to be served after his prison sentence.

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