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The Latest: Probation for woman who took items from mosque

June 4, 2019

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a woman who made derogatory comments about Muslims as she and a friend took items from an Arizona mosque (all times local):

10:30 a.m.

A woman who made derogatory comments about Muslims as she and a friend took Qurans, pamphlets and other items from an Arizona mosque was sentenced to two years of probation for an aggravated criminal damage conviction.

Tahnee Gonzales was ordered to complete 225 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the Tempe mosque where she and a friend took items in 2018.

Gonzales also was given a 30-day deferred jail sentence to serve if she doesn’t satisfactorily complete her probation.

She posted a social-media video of the visit showing her starting a shouting match with a Muslim man after he tried to pet her dog.

Prosecutor Neha Bhatia says Gonzales brought her children along with her as she desecrated the mosque.

Gonzales apologized for her actions.

10:17 p.m.

A woman who made derogatory comments about Muslims as she and a friend took items from an Arizona mosque is scheduled to be sentenced on an aggravated criminal damage conviction.

The guilty plea struck by Tahnee Gonzales calls for her to serve probation, write a letter of apology to the mosque and complete 225 hours of community service.

Gonzales was with a friend and three children in 2018 when they removed pamphlets and other items from a courtyard behind the Tempe mosque.

Qurans were taken, but it’s unclear which of the two women was accused of removing them.

Gonzales posted a video of the visit on her social media account.

The video shows Gonzales starting a shouting match with a Muslim man after he tried to pet her dog.

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