HARTFORD, Conn. – The congregation of a Connecticut mosque that was shot at by a neighbor plans to ask for the man to be spared from prison.
The Baitul Aman Mosque in Meriden is urging forgiveness at the sentencing hearing Friday despite federal prosecutors' call for Ted Hakey Jr. to serve time behind bars.
Hakey has pleaded guilty to a federal hate crime and apologized to the mosque. Nobody was hurt when he opened fire on the empty building in a drunken burst of anger the night of the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that killed 130 people.
The president of the mosque, Mohammed Qureshi, said even members who still were holding hard feelings forgave Hakey after he made an emotional appearance at the mosque in April and apologized.