Anti-Islam Filmmaker Gets Year in Prison
Mark Basseley Youssef violated probation for bank fraud
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 7, 2012 4:57 PM CST
This Sept. 27 courtroom sketch shows shows Mark Basseley Youssef talking with his attorney Steven Seiden.   (AP Photo/Mona Shafer Edwards, file)

(Newser) – A California man who was behind an anti-Muslim film that led to violence in the Middle East has been sentenced to one year in prison for violating probation stemming from a 2010 bank fraud conviction. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, was sentenced today by US District Court Judge Christina Snyder after he admitted four of eight alleged violations, including obtaining a fraudulent California driver's license.

Youssef served most of a 21-month prison term in the bank fraud case. Federal authorities wanted Youssef to serve two years for the violations. None of the violations had to do with the content of Innocence of Muslims, a film that depicts Mohammad as a religious fraud, a pedophile, and a womanizer.

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HANKHILL
Nov 8, 2012 9:15 AM CST
hope he get a muzzie cell mate!
carbonated_turtle
Nov 8, 2012 8:14 AM CST
Did anyone actually read the story before commenting?
homer57
Nov 8, 2012 7:36 AM CST
SOOOO what you are saying is: Islam is a peaceful religion...they became violant at this time because of a film. I mean...your saying Islam lets people live according to their own personal dictates...they would never attack anyone or their religion or force them to convert to islam! You mean they never attack any other releigions or kidnap or blow up embassies or blow up planes or highjack planes or high rise blds. Muslims always let other religions build churches in their nation? Islam is a BLOODY..Chruch-state religion...the religion is the state and the govt!!! Got that. Conversion thru forced violence or capitulation or BLOOD!!