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Vandal Gets Five Years

A fundamentalist Muslim has been sentenced to nearly five years in state prison for vandalizing a Catholic church and stealing hundreds of magazines from a mosque. 35 year old Emad Ibrahim Saad of Los Angeles was sentenced yesterday to 56 months in prison for vandalism, theft and hate crimes. Prosecutors say he decapitated a Virgin Mary statue and hauled away another statue of Father Junipero Serra at St. Augustine Church and School in Culver City last October. He also stole up to two thousand copies of a Muslim magazine from a Los Angeles mosque, which he left at various entrances of the church. The leaders of the King Fahd mosque in Culver City immediately notified police and apologized to the church, saying Saad´s acts were an attempt to cause a rift between the two houses of worship.