Woman pleads guilty to hate crimes for running down children
Forty-three-year-old Nicole Poole Franklin, of Des Moines, entered the pleas Wednesday in a Des Moines federal court to two counts of violating the U.S. Hate Crime Act for trying to kill the children because of their races in attacks minutes apart.
She pleaded guilty Monday to two state counts of attempted murder in the same attacks.
Franklin has said she has mental illnesses and a judge initially ruled that she wasn't mentally competent to stand trial.
She was later deemed competent, though.