(MIAMI, FL – 9/18/2018) — The Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-Florida) today welcomed the five-year prison sentence followed by a two-year supervised release sentence imposed on Bernandino Bolatete at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida.
The convicted felon will be serving his sentence in federal prison after being found guilty of possessing an unregistered firearm silencer. Bolatete was not charged for hate crimes related to his recorded statement about planning a shooting at the Islamic Center of Northeast Florida.
In a statement, CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo Amr Ruiz said:
“CAIR-Florida commends another successful prosecution for the U.S. Attorney’s office, Middle District of Florida, of a crime directly threatening the safety and security of the Florida Muslim community. Just a few weeks after a federal court’s sentencing for a bomb threat at a South Florida Mosque, we are sadly witnessing the sentencing of another individual trying to cause harm and death to our Muslim families in our worship centers.
“This is another example of the many hate incidents committed against Florida Muslims that are not prosecuted as hate crimes. This often leads to the false impression that there are fewer hate crimes committed against the Florida Muslim community. Notwithstanding this, we hope that this sentence will serve as a deterrent for the many hate crimes that unfortunately are so frequently experienced by Florida Muslims.”
SEE: Recent Crimes Against Florida Muslim Community
- Man suspected of planning mosque shooting gets 5 years in prison
- Man Accused of Planning Mosque Shooting Sentenced to Prison
- 4 years’ prison for Florida man for mosque bomb threat
- He got busted for phoning bomb threats to a mosque. He seemed to forget about caller ID
- Miami Man Charged With Mosque Bomb Threat Posted Confederate Flag Online
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR-Florida Communications Director Wilfredo A. Ruiz, 954.272.0490, Ext.130, firstname.lastname@example.org