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American woman gets 15 years for hitting 91-year-old Mexican with a brick
The victim, 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodríguez, was attacked during his daily walk in Willowbrook, in southern Los Angeles - Photo: File photo/EL UNIVERSAL

American woman gets 15 years for hitting 91-year-old Mexican with a brick

01/03/2019
13:20
EFE
Mexico City
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30-year-old Laquisha Jones was charged with felony elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon

An African American woman who attacked an old Mexican man with a brick while he was walking down the street in the city of Los Angeles last year was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday. The attack was considered a hate crime by U.S. authorities.

30-year-old Laquisha Jones was charged with felony elder abuse and assault with a deadly weapon. She did not refuse the charges against her.

The victim, 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodríguez (now 92), was attacked during his daily walk in Willowbrook, southern Los Angeles, on the afternoon of July 4, 2018.

While walking past Jones and her daughter, the Hispanic fell victim to the woman’s wrath. She immediately began insulting him, knocked him down, and then attacked him with a brick while shouting racist slurs.

The elder U.S. citizen was seen sprawled on the sidewalk with injuries to his face and several broken ribs before being assisted by a pedestrian.

The case came to light after a video recorded by a local neighbor who witnessed the event went viral on social media. Rodríguez, who ended up with a broken jaw after the attack, has claimed several times that he had done absolutely nothing to provoke Jones.

The witness, who managed to take a picture of Jones holding a brick, told that the woman yelled at the old man: “Go back to your country, go back to Mexico!”

Thanks to the picture, the police arrested Jones shortly after. The bail was set at USD$1.25 million for Jones, who faced a maximum sentence of 29 years.
 

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