A woman from Iowa was sentenced to 25 years in jail for hitting children with her car because of their race.

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According to the Justice Department, an Iowa woman who claimed authorities she ran over two children with her automobile and sought to kill them because of their race was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Friday.

Nicole Poole Franklin, 43, was sentenced to 304 months in prison for two counts of hate crimes. The two sentences, as well as the sentence she received in a connected state case, are to be served consecutively.

In April, she pleaded guilty to the allegations.

Police said Franklin told officers she intentionally drove her vehicle onto a sidewalk in Des Moines, Iowa, toward two children she believed to be of Middle Eastern or African descent. She said their race was the reason she targeted them.

A 12-year-old boy was injured in the attack, sustaining cuts, bruises and swelling. His sibling was uninjured.

About 30 minutes later near a junior high school in Clive, Iowa, she again drove her vehicle up onto a sidewalk, hitting a 14-year-old girl she believed to be of Mexican descent. The teen sustained “serious” injuring, according to the Justice Department, including a concussion, bruises and cuts.

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“Nicole Poole Franklin attempted to kill two children because of the way they looked and where she believed they came from,” said Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division.

“This kind of egregious racial violence and hatred has absolutely no place in this country and will not be tolerated by the Justice Department. Children deserve to walk the streets of their neighborhood without fear of violence because of what they look like and where they come from and deserve to grow up in a world where they are not targeted simply because of who they are.”


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