Video misrepresents footage to depict teenager arrested for killing a Muslim refugee
CLAIM: American teenager who killed a Muslim refugee for raping his sister sentenced to prison
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A viral video portraying a teenager sentenced to prison for killing a Muslim refugee is actually using footage from Dylan Schumaker’s trial, a teenager found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s son in 2013.
THE FACTS: A video posted on Facebook by the Sarah Huckabee Sanders Fans Page does not show a teenager being sentenced to prison for killing a Muslim refugee.
The image shown in the video originates from the sentencing of Dylan Schumaker, a teenager who was found guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s 23-month-old son in 2013. Schumaker was given a life sentence for the murder in 2014.
The video states, “AMERICAN TEENAGE WHOM KILLED MUSLIM REFUGEE FOR RAPING HIS 7YEARS OLD SISTER SENTENCED 30 YEARS IN PRISON” and “WOULD YOU LIKE TO SET HIM FREE? LIKE+SHARE=YES !! PLEASE DON’T IGNORE THIS VIDEO!”
The video, however, does include an accurate quote from Schumaker saying “I am a 16-year-old blond, probably all I have to do is cry in front of the jury and they’re going to feel sorry for me.”
State Supreme Court Justice M. William Boller cites a phone call made in July 2013 between Schumaker and his mother as the origin of the quote.
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The Associated Press reviewed this story after it was surfaced to third-party fact checkers as part of an initiative with Facebook to assess the accuracy of news content.