Hate Crimes Are Not a Rare Occurrence In Cape

10 09 2009

Southeast Missourian:

Cape man gets three years in prison for breaking windows at Islamic Center

A man convicted of hate crime charges for vandalizing the Islamic Center in Cape Girardeau in June was sentenced to three years in prison Tuesday.

Nicholas T. Proffit, 32, of Cape Girardeau pleaded guilty in court before New Madrid County Circuit Judge [*****]. The case was transferred to New Madrid County on a change of venue.

Proffit was sentenced to three years each on two counts of property damage motivated by discrimination, which is a felony, and six months on one count of driving while intoxicated. The sentences will run concurrently.

According to Cape Girardeau County Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle, hate crimes are a rare occurrence in Cape Girardeau, with fewer than one a year.

Oh really?  Remember “Noobs?”  Then again, hate crimes riders in that case were pled away.  Reverse the races, and you can see above how hard the Cape County Circuit Attorney’s office works to see it through.

BTW, how did Cape wind up with an Islamic Ceter?  My only guess is the University, the Harvard of Southeast Missouri, and there are enough foreign students from Islamic countries to create the need for an Islamic Center in Cape.

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