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I n Britain it had been a year without summer. Wet spring had merged imperceptibly into bleak autumn. For months the sky had remained a depthless grey. Sometimes it rained, but mostly it was just dull, a land without shadows. It was like living inside Tupperware.
A woman who told Clive police she intentionally struck a year-old with her SUV because the girl was Latina received a year prison sentence after the girl's father testified that the December attack had shaken his belief that his family was safe in the United States. Nicole Poole Franklin, 43, of Des Moines, also received a concurrent year sentence in Polk County Court for intentionally hitting a year-old boy, who is Black, the same day in a ram police said included yelling racial and ethnic slurs at a gas station employee.
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Poole, who pleaded guilty in April to two counts of attempted murder, faces sentencing Aug. Under the hate crime statute, she could face a sentence of up to life in prison, though federal prosecutors are recommending 27 years. Clive police said Poole told them she targeted the girl because she was "Mexican.
The girl's father, Cesar Miranda, testified in a hearing before the sentencing that he always told his kids they were lucky to live the U. He told Poole that he forgave her, but that the incident was a nightmare for his family. Whenever he crosses the street he wonders if he will be hit by a vehicle, he said.
He and his daughter said they came to court to let Poole know that they will not give in to hatred. More: Des Moines woman who intentionally hit Black, Latino children with her car ple guilty to federal hate crimes.
The girl quoted from the Bible's Book of Matthew and said that the bruises Poole left are still with her.
Also testifying, Osman Sanford, the father of the injured boy, said he had never had problems with people of other races and that he did not understand Poole's actions. His child became angry and aggressive after the attack, he said.
More: What we know: Woman admits to hitting teenage girl with car because girl was 'a Mexican'. Poole ly said in federal court that she though the boy was of Middle Eastern descent and was in the Islamic State terrorist group.
Surveillance video showed Poole's vehicle driving over a curb in the block of Creston Avenue in Des Moines and striking him, according to a criminal complaint. Less than half an hour later, Poole struck the girl as she walked on a sidewalk in the block of Indian Hills Drive in Clive.
The girl was hospitalized for two days. The attacks occurred at p.
At p. Poole called an employee and customers Middle Eastern racial and ethnic slurs and threw items at an employee and customers, according to a criminal complaint. Matthew Sheeley, Poole's state public defender, said Poole suffered from a severe form of schizophrenia.
She also had been sexually abused by her adoptive grandfather as a young child and attempted suicide more than once, Sheeley said. At the time of the attacks, Poole was not taking medication for her mental condition because she was pregnant and was worried about adverse effects on her child, Sheeley said. A few days earlier, Poole had been at a Sheraton hotel in West Des Moines, hallucinating so badly that she said she was there to meet Kim Jong-un, the North Korea dictator, he said.
He said she had fallen under the spell of conservative news outlets that portrayed immigrants as invaders.
Des moines woman who intentionally hit black, latina youngsters with her suv sentenced to 25 years in prison
If Poole had not been in jail, he said, she "would've been in Washington storming the U. Capitol" during this year's Jan. Under Iowa law she must serve at least Federal prosecutors have recommended she be allowed to serve her federal prison term concurrently with the state one. Beatie acknowledged the terrible nature of the crime, but also said it was clear that Poole was under delusions at the time.
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