Time to rethink harsh sentencing in mosque bacon case

Man applies bacon to mosque.

It’s one thing to punish an offender for committing a crime. It’s another thing to destroy a human being.

A Titusville man was sentenced to prison for committing a hate crime against an Islamic mosque. He broke windows and vandalized lighting systems before leaving a slab of bacon in the premises. He certainly deserved punishment. But did he deserve 15 years in prison? Would not a one-year sentence for the same property crime accomplish the desired result?