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Man jailed after dressing his son like a terrorist

By Mason White 4:30 AM August 9, 2013
Teen dressed as a terrorist 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) A man received a jail sentenced after he was convicted of dressing his son like a terrorist, according to court proceedings in Arizona.

The man was sentenced for endangering the life of his 16-year-old nephew after sending him to a busy intersection, dressing him in a scarf and arming him with a fake grenade. He was sentenced on Thursday to two weeks in prison.

Michael David Turley, 40, had faced a sentence ranging from probation to more than five years in prison after a jury found him guilty in June of endangering the welfare of a child.

No one was injured, but authorities say Turley could have gotten his nephew killed.
Superior Court Judge Jeanne Garcia said it was unfortunate that Turley did not tell his nephew to come home instead of going to the streets and carry out the prank. “It could have been much worse,” she said.

Turley recorded his nephew pointing a replica grenade launcher at passing cars. The young man was dressed in a white sheet, had a scarf around his head and made erratic movements while in a crosswalk, leading motorists to call police. Turley has posted a video on YouTube showing the prank.

Prosecutors had requested 100 days in jail, saying that Turley has not taken responsibility for his actions, even after a jury found him guilty of two counts.

Turley testified at trial that the video of the joke was meant to be satirical and most passing motorists laughed at them. He told jurors he did not believe that his actions endangered his nephew.