PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona man has been sentenced to two weeks in jail, in connection with a terrorism hoax that authorities say could have gotten his 16-year-old nephew killed.
Michael Turley was convicted of sending the teen into a busy intersection in Phoenix dressed in sheets and a scarf and carrying a fake grenade launcher that he pointed at passing cars. Frightened motorists called 911.
Turley caught it all on video, and posted it on YouTube.
The judge says it could have turned out “a whole lot worse.”
Turley had faced penalties ranging from probation to more than five years in prison. Prosecutors had asked for a 100-day sentence, saying Turley hadn’t taken responsibility for his actions.