MN woman pleads guilty to racially-motivated assault in an Applebee's

The woman was upset that Asma Jama was speaking Swahili.
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A Ramsey woman who attacked another woman for not speaking English in an Applebee's last year has pleaded guilty to assault.

In October of last year, Asma Jama was eating at an Applebee's in Coon Rapids when another woman hit her in the face with a beer mug.

The attack came from 44-year-old Jodie Burchard-Risch, who threw the mug after hearing Jama speak Swahili. According to the criminal complaint, Jama suffered deep cuts to her nose, eyebrow, and lower lip from the "round house punch." Burchard-Risch left the scene but was later arrested.

The incident sparked outrage from a local civil rights group, who demanded that Burchard-Risch be charged with a hate crime.

In court Monday morning, Burchard-Risch pleaded guilty to third-degree assault, and she also admitted that it was a racially-motivated crime, the Pioneer Press reports.

When asked if she assaulted Jama based on her national origin, race or religion, Burchard-Risch answered, "Yep," the Star Tribune notes.

Under a plea agreement, she will serve 180 days in jail and five years probation. If she violates any of the probation terms she could spend up to 37 months (a little more than three years) in prison, FOX 9 said.

Jama also spoke Monday, saying she's happy Burchard-Risch admitted what she did was wrong.

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