Perez was charged with using fire to commit a federal crime, destroying a religious place of worship, which is a hate crime, and possession of a destructive device. Perez, found guilty of three federal crimes, faces up to 40 years in prison.
Prosecutors used DNA, forensic ballistics and the defendant’s own Facebook comments to make their case. They also called to the stand a teen accomplice, a 17-year-old Victoria juvenile who has only been identified by the initials “K.R.”
Perez’s own words written in Facebook communications, was ample evidence of his motivations and jurors found Marq Vincent Perez, 26, guilty after about three hours of deliberation and six days of trial.
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