Federal authorities announced Thursday the indictment of a South Texas man with a hate crime in connection with a January mosque fire in Victoria.
The indictment said 25-year-old Marq Perez of Victoria faces several counts, including damage to religious property and obstruction of religious belief, explosives used in commission of a felony and possession of a destructive device.
If convicted, Perez could face up to 40 years in prison and pay $750,000 in fines.
Attorneys told a judge back in March that Perez was suspected of setting the mosque fire back on Jan. 28. He was arrested on March 3 on a felony charge of having an incendiary device in an unrelated case. He remains in federal custody.