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Video misrepresents footage to depict teenager arrested for killing a Muslim refugee

October 12, 2018 GMT

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. 

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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. 

Here’s more information on Facebook’s fact-checking program: https://www.facebook.com/help/1952307158131536 

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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.