PHOENIX – A girl who was captured on video making derogatory feedback about Muslims as she tore down fliers posted at an Arizona mosque was sentenced Thursday to 18 months of probation for her aggravated prison injury conviction.
Elizabeth Ann Dauenhauer of Phoenix was with a buddy and three kids in March when Dauenhauer took down bulletins on bulletin boards and eliminated pamphlets from bins in a fenced-in courtyard behind the mosque in Tempe. Qurans additionally have been taken, nevertheless it’s unclear which of the 2 girls was accused of strolling away with them.
The 2 girls, identified for making anti-Muslim statements at political occasions within the Phoenix space, walked previous a no-trespassing signal posted on a gate to the courtyard, the place solely members of the mosque have been allowed to go with out permission.
Dauenhauer, who additionally was ordered to finish 200 hours of group service, expressed regret for her actions.
“I’m very sorry for the individuals I damage,” stated Dauenhauer, who must serve one month in jail if it is decided that she hasn’t adopted the principles of probation.
A housebreaking cost stemming from the go to to the mosque was dismissed towards Dauenhauer as a part of her earlier settlement to plead responsible to aggravated prison injury. Her sentence mirrored the punishments referred to as for in her plea deal.
Dauenhauer, 52, confronted fewer prison costs than 32-year-old Tahnee Savanna Gonzales, who joined her on the mosque and posted video of the go to on her social media account. The video exhibits Gonzales beginning a shouting match with a Muslim man after he walked out of the mosque and tried to pet her canine.
Gonzales has pleaded not responsible to housebreaking, aggravated prison injury and different costs. Her trial is ready for Jan. 10.
Legal professionals for Gonzales contend her feedback have been protected by the First Modification. They are saying the mosque is open to the general public and meant for individuals to take the supplies that Gonzales and Dauenhauer walked away with.
“I am engaged on making an attempt to attain a constructive consequence on this case,” Marc Victor, one in every of Gonzales’ legal professionals, stated in an electronic mail to The Related Press.
Gonzales’ attorneys did not instantly return a name Thursday looking for touch upon the case.
Within the video, Dauenhauer refers to Muslims as Devil-worshippers and claimed the mosque had pamphlets on Islamic coaching camps in America and tips about getting extra authorities help.
Dauenhauer said the intent to take pamphlets from the mosque. “And there is nothing they’ll do about it,” Dauenhauer stated. In a single clip taken within the courtyard, Dauenhauer holds a toddler in a single hand as she takes away pamphlets with the opposite hand.
When standing on the mosque’s garden, Dauenhauer snapped a photograph of the youngsters and Gonzales sitting atop a wall across the constructing, with their thumbs pointed downward in disapproval.
Later, one of many kids climbed on the bumper of a funeral companies van within the mosque’s car parking zone, trying into the car as Dauenhauer and Gonzales informed the boy to get off bumper.
“Muslims have been on there,” Dauenhauer informed the boy.
Gonzales does a lot of the speaking through the 23-minute video. She stated complains about Sharia legislation and stated Muslims have interaction in bestiality and are destroying America.
When she sees a no-guns signal on a gate on mosque property, Gonzales stated, “Ahhh, however they carry round AKs and kill individuals on a regular basis.”
Close to the top of the video, the 2 girls, kids and their canine stood within the car parking zone as a person exited the mosque.
One of many canine trotted over to the person, who, in response to a query from Gonzales, later recognized himself as a working towards Muslim.
“Avoid our canine, please. Do not eat them,” Gonzales informed the person, prompting guffaw from Dauenhauer.
“Actually?” the person responded, later explaining that he was making an attempt to be peaceable and did not perceive what Gonzales was speaking about.
Gonzales stored yelling insults on the man because the shouting match continued.
Gonzales faces a disorderly conduct cost for allegedly utilizing abusive language towards an individual on the mosque.
The dad and mom of the three kids who have been with the 2 girls on the mosque have not been publicly recognized by authorities.
Even so, Gonzales faces three misdemeanor costs of allowing life, well being and morals of a minor to be imperiled by neglect, abuse or immoral associations.
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