Jewish ex-con gets 30 years for torching Orlando mosque
A Jewish ex-convict is sentenced to 30 years in prison for setting fire to a mosque that Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen occasionally attended.
Joseph Schreiber, 32, pleaded guilty at a hearing in the district courthouse in Fort Pierce, Florida, and ordered to pay $10,000 in restitution. He had confessed to police that he set fire to the Islamic Center of Fort Pierce last September 11, the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Joseph Schreiber is sentenced to 30 years in prison by a Port St. Lucie court on February 7, 2017 for lighting on fire a mosque attended by Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen. (screen capture: WPTV)
Mateen was killed by police officers after opening fire at the Pulse nightclub on June 12 in a rampage that killed 49 people and wounded 53. The mass shooting, which Mateen said was in the name of the Islamic State group, was the deadliest in modern US history.
The fire destroyed the mosque, causing more than $100,000 in damages, and the leaders recently announced they would move it to a new location. Mateen’s father is among the some 100 regular worshippers at the mosque.