Man Sentenced to 6 1/2 Years for Hate Crime

December 18, 2002

Source: Seattle Times

On December 18, 2002 the Seattle Times reported that "a Snohomish man has been sentenced to 6-1/2 years for an assault on a Seattle mosque two days after the terrorist attacks... Patrick Cunningham, 54, admitted to trying to set fire to parked vehicles at the Islamic Idriss Mosque and to threatening two worshippers with a loaded .22-caliber pistol as they confronted him... In an emotional proceeding before U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein yesterday, Cunningham said that on the night of the assault he was intoxicated, delusional and distraught over the terrorist attacks. He apologized to his victims and thanked God 'for intervening' before things got worse."