Iowa woman driving a black Latino child pleads guilty to federal hate crimes


Des Moines, Iowa — Accused Woman Deliberately hit two children in a car In December 2019, he was found guilty of two hate crime charges in federal court on Wednesday due to skin color.

Nicole Pool Franklin, 43, from Des Moines, Iowa Prosecuted after a series of cases On December 9, 2019, police said she had driven a 12-year-old boy (black) and a 14-year-old girl (latina) in a car and shouted racial and ethnic slurs with gas. .. Station staff.

Poole first appeared in the US District Court in the Southern District of Iowa on Wednesday afternoon. She was charged with two charges for violating US hate crime laws for attempting to kill both children for race. Poole said he had schizophrenia as an adult and suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder.

The accusation is subject to life imprisonment. The prosecutor sentenced her to 27 years in prison and recommended that she be prosecuted at the same time as the state accusation she was facing.

Poole pleaded guilty to two attempted murders in state court on Monday. Both of these accusations have sentenced them to up to 25 years in prison.

It was unclear whether the state’s hate crimes and five other charges in state court would be withdrawn as part of a plea bargain. Matthew Seeley, a public advocate for the state of Poole, declined to comment. Pork County lawyer John Sarkone did not return a request for an explanation of the state’s judicial transaction.

She will appear in state court on Thursday.

Nicole Marie Pool Franklin arrived at a hearing on Monday morning, December 30, 2019, on several charges, including an attempted murder, at the Polk County Criminal Court in Des Moines.

Nicole Marie Pool Franklin arrived at a hearing on Monday morning, December 30, 2019, on several charges, including an attempted murder, at the Polk County Criminal Court in Des Moines.

Poole said he thought the 12-year-old was an Islamic terrorist

At 3:54 pm on December 9, 2019, police said the boy was intentionally run over while the pool was walking on the sidewalk of the Des Moines apartment complex. According to a criminal complaint filed in state court, he suffered a minor injury to his leg.

In federal court on Wednesday, Poole said he thought the boy was of Middle Eastern descent and belonged to a terrorist group in the Islamic State. According to state complaints, surveillance videos showed pool vehicles attacking him over the curb.

According to police complaints, at around 4:20 pm that day, the pool beat the girl while walking on the sidewalk. 14 year old girl Hospitalized for 2 daysAccording to the Associated Press.

According to police, Poole told them that she had targeted the girl because she was a “Mexican.” According to criminal accusations, Poole told police that he had smoked stimulants hours before the incident. She said again on Wednesday that she had hit her child because she thought she was “Mexican.”

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This Google Map shows three locations where Nicole Mariepur Franklin, 42, was accused of committing a crime on December 9. At location

This Google Map shows three locations where Nicole Mariepur Franklin, 42, was accused of committing a crime on December 9. At location “A,” she was charged with beating a 12-year-old boy in an SUV at around 3:54 pm. At around 4:20, at location “B,” she also attacked Natalia Miranda, 14,. The girl was Hispanic and later admitted. At the last place, Konoko’s gas station, she tried to steal items and called people racial slurs.

“Terrifying things and people were worried — especially people of color”

Ibrahim Hooper, communications director of the Islamic Relations Council in Washington, DC, said he was pleased to learn that Poole had pleaded guilty to the state’s accusations.

“We welcome the conviction of this guilty as a culmination of law enforcement efforts to hold the perpetrators accountable,” he said in a statement. “I hope the court will make a decision that reflects the seriousness of the crime and the wishes of the victim.”

Latino Resources Inc. Joe Gonzalez, the secretary-general and former Des Moines police officer, said the incident hurt the girl, but her family was grateful that neither child was killed.

“Whenever something happens to a minority, people are worried about what happened,” Gonzales said. “It was horrifying, and people, especially people of color, were worried.”

Betty Andrews, president of the NAACP in Iowa Nebraska, said the organization is still learning about the state of Poole’s conviction on Tuesday.

“America and Iowa have a long way to go to reach a space where all humans are valued equally,” she said in a statement. “We remain concerned about the cultural trauma experienced by her victims and how we can deal with this in an era when colored people continue to target their skin.”

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Six hate crimes committed in Iowa in 2019, according to the FBI

The FBI recorded six hate crimes in Iowa in 2019 for race, ethnicity, or ancestry. Nothing happened in the Des Moines metropolitan area.

However, according to Henry, hate crimes are usually underreported.

“What I’ve heard from the Department of Justice over the last few years is that it’s not going up to the level of hate crimes,” he said.

The teenage girl’s family appeared in court on Wednesday, revealing the sacrifices the case had cost her. The victim wiped tears from her eyes as Judge Celeste Bremer read aloud the accusation to Poole.

Poole’s behavior had a profound effect on Iowa Latin Americans, Henry said. Her judicial deal with the state was announced as the country awaited a verdict in Derek Chauvin’s murder trial. A former Minneapolis police officer was charged with murdering George Floyd last year.He was Convicted on Tuesday..

“I think it’s very important,” Henry said. “I think it’s a very important time now. Everything is under the microscope.”

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This article was originally published in The Des Moines Register: Iowa woman pleads guilty to driving black and Latino children