mwolfemugs16 - racist man faces life in prison for mosque vandalism

A man charged with vandalizing a Titusville mosque could spend life in prison after prosecutors decided to charge him with a hate crime.

Michael Wolfe, 35, was arrested and charged with criminal mischief of a religious building, a third-degree felony, in January.

State Attorney Phil Archer said the vandalism was clearly hate motivated and it will not be tolerated. Archer’s office added a hate crime enhancement to Wolfe’s charges earlier this month. The new charge carries a possible life sentence.

Prosecutors said the enhancement was added because they believe Wolfe left a slab of bacon at the mosque, which is offensive to Muslims. He also slashed at windows and other property with a machete, prosecutors allege.

Archer said the charging decision is an indication of how seriously his office takes crimes of this nature.

Wolfe is being held without bail at the Brevard County Jail.