Nicole Poole Franklin Wiki – Nicole Poole Franklin Biography
Nicole Poole Franklin is a Des Moines native who drove into two children because of their race gets 25 years in federal prison.
She admitted she ran over and tried to kill two children with her car because of their race was sentenced in federal court to 25 years in prison.
She is 43 years old.
According to prosecutors, Poole Franklin was driving her Jeep Grand Cherokee in Des Moines on Dec. 9, 2019, when she saw the 12-year-old walking on the sidewalk with his sibling,
also, a minor.
“Upon seeing the children and believing that the victim was of Middle Eastern or African descent, Poole Franklin drove her vehicle over the curb towards both children, striking one of them,” the Justice Department said in a press release.
The victim suffered cuts and bruises but did not go to the hospital.
Poole Franklin sped from the scene and saw the 14-year-old victim walking near Indian Hills Junior High School in Clive about 30 minutes later. Prosecutors said Poole Franklin drove her Jeep over the curb, struck the child, and went away, believing the girl was Hispanic.
The girl hobbled to the school for help and was taken to the hospital to be treated for severe injuries, including a concussion and bruises, court documents state.
Poole Franklin was arrested later that same day after police responded to an incident at a gas station. According to court documents, she allegedly tried to steal items from a convenience store and began yelling racial slurs when an employee confronted her.
Richard D. Westphal, acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Iowa, said Poole Franklin’s actions were callous.
“Holding Poole Franklin accountable, not only for her intentional actions, but for the malicious beliefs behind them, is what our justice system should be, and a must to provide just punishment, afford adequate deterrence, and protect the public from further crimes by this defendant,” he said in a sentencing memorandum.
Prosecutors noted that Poole Franklin has a criminal history dating back to when she was 18, including convictions for theft, assault, and harassment. They also said she has a history of substance abuse and mental illness.
During a hearing before the sentencing, the girl’s father told Poole Franklin that the assault was a nightmare for his family.
“My hope disappeared,” Cesar Miranda said, according to the Des Moines Register. “My belief that I was free in this country was gone.”
He added: “I don’t hate you because I don’t want to feel what you feel to my daughter. I hope you change because human beings can never live like this.”
Poole Franklin, 43, pleaded guilty in April to federal hate crime charges for attempting to kill a 12-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl in December 2019.
The Department of Justice said she targeted the minors “because of their race and national origin.” The boy is Black, and the girl is Hispanic.
Poole Franklin’s public defender said via email on Friday that he could not comment on the case.