It was December 9, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa, United States. Nicole Poole Franklin, a white American woman, had attempted to run over two children, a 12-year-old black and a 14-year-old Latina, by car. Franklin had already been convicted in a state trial, on charges of attempted murder. Now comes a new sentence for the woman, 25 years in prison for hate crimes.
The sentence, which will be carried out together with the state one, will lead the woman to stay in prison longer, given that the American federal system does not provide for a suspended sentence. According to the judges, Nicole Poole Franklin only targeted the two boys because of their ethnicity. The two young men were walking near their schools when they were deliberately hit by the car driven by the woman.
The victims of the insane gesture were a 12-year-old African American, overwhelmed because “he is from ISIS” and “should not be here and will take me away”, declared the woman, according to what can be read in the court papers. Not only. On that occasion, Franklin just missed the older brother of the boy who was walking beside her.
Not happy, after a few minutes, the woman got into her car on a sidewalk, hitting a 14-year-old girl who suffered bruises, cuts and a concussion. In that case he said he had run over her because he thought she was Mexican, that she was taking control of “our homes and our jobs” and “shouldn’t have been in the country”. Franklin then attempted to flee, but was arrested at a gas station where – as if that weren’t enough – she had racially insulted an employee and customers.