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California Man Behind Anti-Muslim Movie Sentenced To Prison

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Courtroom sketch shows Mark Basseley Youssef (r) talking with his attorney Steven Seiden in court. Youssef, was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East, Sept. 27, 2012.

Courtroom sketch shows Mark Basseley Youssef (r) talking with his attorney Steven Seiden in court. Youssef, was behind an anti-Muslim film that sparked violence in the Middle East, Sept. 27, 2012.

A California man behind the anti-Muslim video that sparked widespread protests in the Muslim world has been sentenced to one year in prison for breaching the terms of his probation on a previous offense.

The U.S. District Court in Los Angeles sentenced Mark Basseley Youssef Wednesday after he admitted to four allegations, including the use of false identities and violating the terms of probation for a bank fraud conviction. None of the violations was linked to the content of the movie Innocence of Muslims that parodies Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Youssef is an Egyptian-born Coptic Christian. He was arrested in late September after going into hiding when the movie he financed enraged Muslims worldwide and led to deadly violence in Libya.

He will serve the new sentence in federal prison.

The film depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a thuggish deviant offended many Muslims and sparked a wave of anti-American protests that saw mobs burn U.S. missions, schools and businesses.

During one such protest outside the U.S. consulate in Libya's city of Benghazi, members of a radical Islamist group broke into the U.S. compound. Four Americans, including then-U.S. ambassdor to Libya Chris Stevens, were killed in the September 11 violence.

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