Teens Sentenced for Vandalizing Mosque in TX

May 9, 2004

Source: The Daily Sentinel


On May 9, 2004 The Daily Sentinel reported, "Two of three teenagers who desecrated a mosque in this West Texas city have been sentenced to probation and will pay a portion of $12,000 in restitution to the Islamic Center of the South Plains. The boys, 14 and 15, are considered the least culpable suspects, said Matt Powell, Lubbock County's assistant district attorney. Intruders ransacked the center and stole equipment and cash. They wrote pro-American and anti-Muslim slogans on the walls. Authorities initially considered the case a potential hate crime. But investigators later determined the crime was not committed because of political, personal or religious bias."