Watch: Muslim woman forgives woman who smashed beer mug in her face

Jama was enjoying dinner with her family and speaking in Swahili when she was attacked

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A woman in Ramsey County, Minneapolis, US, has been sentenced to be jailed six months after a savage attack on a woman at local restaurant last fall, according to CBS Minnesota.

She also has to serve five years of probation.

The guilty woman, Jodie Burchard-Risch,43, pleaded guilty as part of a plea deal, and admitted to hitting Asma Mohamed Jama across the face with a beer mug at a restaurant on Oct. 30, 2015.

Prosecutors did not charge her with a hate crime because a third-degree assault charge carries a heavier penalty.

Jama was enjoying dinner with her family and speaking in Swahili, her native language, when she was attacked.

Burchard-Risch smashed the beer mug across Jama’s face and fled from the restaurant, only to be chased by the restaurant’s employees. Police then arrived and took her into custody.

On Tuesday, the victim finally had her chance to speak directly to her attacker in front of a packed courtroom.


“What you did to me that day wasn’t good,” Jama said. “You should never do anything like that to anybody.”


The punch caused deep cuts to Jama’s nose, right eye and lower lip.

Jama said she still carries the scars from that night - deep cuts to the nose, right eye and lower lip - but she does not hate her attacker.

“In front of everybody here, I do forgive you and I hope that you choose love over hate,” Jama said.

Burchard-Risch was silent in the court and did not reply to Jam, but her lawyer says he believes the sentence will help his client.

Jama said she will advocate to enhance hate crime laws in Minnesota.

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