Paris attacks: Connecticut man to be sentenced for shooting at mosque

A review of Ted Hakey's social media postings in the hours leading up to the shooting showed a stream of anti-Muslim comments triggered by alcohol and the November Paris attacks.

By: Reuters | Connecticut | Published: June 17, 2016 4:59:44 pm
Paris attacks, November Paris attacks, Connecticut man arrested, Mosque shooting, Connecticut mosque shooting, shooting, Connecticut drunk man shoots mosque, drunk man shoots mosque, Islamophobia, England news, UK news, world news, latest news, international news A man will be sentenced in Connecticut after confessing that he shot at an empty mosque under the influence of alcohol after being enraged by the Paris attacks that occurred in November. (representational Express photo)

A Connecticut man who pleaded guilty to shooting at an empty mosque near his home in an alcohol-fueled rage following the November attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead is due to be sentenced on Friday.

Ted Hakey, 48, pleaded guilty in February to firing at least four shots at the Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden in the early morning hours of Nov. 14, hours after learning of the Nov. 13 attacks by gunman and bombers affiliated with the Islamic State.

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No one was injured in his attack.

A review of Hakey’s social media postings in the hours leading up to the shooting showed a stream of anti-Muslim comments, including “the only solution is to wipe Islam off the face of the Earth,” according to court documents.

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Federal prosecutors asked a judge in court filings to sentence Hakey, who was arrested on Dec. 18 and released on bond on Jan. 4, to eight to 14 months in prison, followed by one to three years’ supervised release.

Hakey’s attorneys are seeking a sentence of time served plus two years’ supervised release.

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