SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A woman convicted of a hate crime in
which she attacked a Middle Eastern limousine operator was
sentenced on Friday to nine months in the Santa Clara
County (Calif.) jail. The woman was also ordered to pay
restitution to the limousine operator, 31-year-old Mohamed
At her trial, Angel Ann Coley, 28, said Aram's limousine
had hit her car and that Aram would not show her his
identification. Her story, however, conflicted with
evidence and the testimony of witnesses, according to
prosecutor Erin West.
The sentence was handed down by Superior Court judge
Richard Loftus three weeks after the jury found Coley
guilty of a hate crime resulting in injury, making threats
to commit death or injury, hit-and-run, and battery.
The incident occurred one November afternoon, according to
police, when Coley pulled up in her car behind Aram's
limousine, a 2000 Lincoln Town Car, and started a tirade
when Aram would not get out of her way at a red light. She
honked and motioned Aram to move. When he did not move, she
made an obscene gesture and rammed her car into his
vehicle, pushing the limousine into the intersection.
Witnesses reported that Coley got out of the car and
confronted Aram, spitting in his face, biting his hand,
kicking him in the groin twice and punching him. She
shouted racial slurs at Aram, who moved from Egypt six
Aram, who is 6-foot-2, did not fight back. He asked others
to call the police. At one point he tossed his cell phone
to a passerby and asked him to call 911. The passerby ran
away with Aram's phone instead.
Aram was treated for the scratches and bites from the
attack and also received a tetanus shot. "This guy could
not have had a worse day," West said.