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Mother of Muslim criminal who beheaded co-worker and stabbed another apologizes to his victims in FACEBOOK video... before insisting 'there are two sides to every story'

FBI Looking Into The Background Of Oklahoma Muslim Man, Alton Nolen, Who Beheaded Female Co-Worker After Getting Fired (Video/Pics)

  • Alton Nolen, 30, allegedly killed Colleen Hufford, 54, in Moore, Oklahoma
  • Also allegedly attacked Traci Johnson, 43, at the Vaughan Foods facility 
  • Nolen's mother appeared in clip which was posted on Facebook on Saturday
  • Joyce Nolan says her son 'believes in God' and is not a violent person 
  • Nolen had served less than two years of a six-year prison sentence

The mother of the Oklahoma beheading suspect has appeared in a video online in which she apologizes to his alleged victims, but insists 'there are two sides to every story'.

In the clip, which was posted on Facebook, Joyce Nolan discusses her son, Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, who is accused of killing Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, at the Vaughan Foods facility in Moore on Thursday.

'My heart is just so heavy right now,' Joyce Nolen said in the video on Saturday. 'That's not my son.'

Joyce Nolan (seen right with Megan Nolen, one of the suspect's sisters ), the mother of the Oklahoma beheading suspect has appeared in a video online in which she apologizes to his victims, but insists 'there are two sides to every story

Joyce Nolan (seen right with Megan Nolen, one of the suspect's sisters ), the mother of the Oklahoma beheading suspect has appeared in a video online in which she apologizes to his victims, but insists 'there are two sides to every story

Today it was revealed that Nolen had served less than two years of a six-year prison sentence for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute

Nolen (right), is accused of killing Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbing Traci Johnson, 43, (left) at the Vaughan Foods facility in Moore on Thursday. 'My heart is just so heavy right now,' Joyce Nolen said. 'That's not my son'

Sitting next to Megan Nolen, one of the suspect's sisters, she explains in the video, filmed in a dimly lit room, that her son was a 'good kid'.

'My son was raised up believing in God. That's what he believes,' she said. 

 

'That's not my son. There is two sides to every story and we are only hearing one.'

'His family, our hearts bleed right now because what they saying Alton has done,' she said.

 'I want to apologize to both families — because this is not Alton.' 

Hufford, 54, who had been married for 25 years, had lost her family home in the Moore tornado

Hufford, 54, who had been married for 25 years, had lost her family home in the Moore tornado

The mother also said she is praying that justice will prevail and 'the whole story will come out.' 

Megan Nolen insists her brother is a 'great person' who has never been violent and asks the viewers keep the Nolan family 'in their prayers.' 

The Oklahoman confirmed their identities Sunday with Paige Nolen, who also is a sister of the suspect.

Hufford, who had been married for 25 years, had lost her family home in the Moore tornado.

Her neighbours described her as 'quick to smile' and said her husband picked her up from the food processing plant every night and he was outside when he found out she had been killed.

Salute: Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, attacked Colleen Hufford and Traci Johnson after he was sacked from Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, police said. Above, Nolen (center) apparently performs ISIS's one-finger salute

Salute: Alton Alexander Nolen, 30, attacked Colleen Hufford and Traci Johnson after he was sacked from Vaughan Foods in Oklahoma, police said. Above, Nolen (center) apparently performs ISIS's one-finger salute

'Killer': The suspect reportedly beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before he was shot and wounded by off-duty sheriff's deputy and firm CEO Mark Vaughan. Above, Nolen reads the Koran

'Killer': The suspect reportedly beheaded Colleen Hufford, 54, and stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, before he was shot and wounded by off-duty sheriff's deputy and firm CEO Mark Vaughan. Above, Nolen reads the Koran

Today it was revealed that Nolen had served less than two years of a six-year prison sentence for possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, reports News OK. 

According to records he went to prison March 10, 2011, to start a two-year sentence for marijuana possession and another two-year sentence for assaulting a highway patrol trooper, the website reported.

He began his six-year sentence for cocaine possession April 26, 2011, records show - due to plea agreements with prosecutors, he was allowed to serve the three prison sentences at the same time. 

Because of credits, he was able to complete all three prison sentences in just two years and he was released on March 22, 2013, records show.

'Our intent was to incarcerate him much longer than a year and 11 months,' Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said Friday.

'This case perfectly illustrates the problem with the Department of Corrections. 

'If it's not an 85 percent crime, we have no idea how long a person will actually spend in prison,' Prater said. 

Nolen was shot by sheriff's deputy Mark Vaughan, who is also the firm's CEO.  

In prayer: It has emerged that Nolen (seen praying) apparently celebrated terrorism, promoted Islam and disparaged non-Muslims in a series of posts on Facebook in the months leading up to the alleged killing

In prayer: It has emerged that Nolen (seen praying) apparently celebrated terrorism, promoted Islam and disparaged non-Muslims in a series of posts on Facebook in the months leading up to the alleged killing

At work: Meanwhile, in another, he uploaded a photo of the Joker with a message criticising the 'wicked' U.S. for not helping the people of Gaza against Israel. Above, Nolen is pictured loading food onto a shelf at work

At work: Meanwhile, in another, he uploaded a photo of the Joker with a message criticising the 'wicked' U.S. for not helping the people of Gaza against Israel. Above, Nolen is pictured loading food onto a shelf at work

In custody: Over a one-year period, Nolen also apparently posted images of Osama bin Laden, deadly weaponry, a poster reading 'Islam will dominate the world' and children learning how to shoot guns

In custody: Over a one-year period, Nolen also apparently posted images of Osama bin Laden, deadly weaponry, a poster reading 'Islam will dominate the world' and children learning how to shoot guns

Islamic convert: Other posts saw Nolen reading the Koran, donning Muslim religious clothing (pictured), praying in a mosque and seemingly performing the one-figure salute of the Islamic State terror group

Islamic convert: Other posts saw Nolen reading the Koran, donning Muslim religious clothing (pictured), praying in a mosque and seemingly performing the one-figure salute of the Islamic State terror group

He has now regained consciousness and was interviewed by detectives Saturday.

Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said that Nolen will be charged Monday with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon and that he may also face federal charges.

Meanwhile, a spokesman for an Oklahoma City Islamic group said Saturday that Nolen was a frequent worshipper at a mosque the group maintains and that he remembers the suspect as 'a little weird.'

'He was a nice, quiet, low-key guy,' said Saad Mohammed, director of information for the Islamic Society of Greater Oklahoma City.  

Police: Muslim convert beheaded co-worker in Oklahoma

Scene: On Friday, 911 calls revealed the panic of employees, with a caller telling the dispatcher: 'They're in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. Above, the scene at Vaughan Foods

Scene: On Friday, 911 calls revealed the panic of employees, with a caller telling the dispatcher: 'They're in the office, front office of the building. Yeah, we can hear a lot of screaming. Above, the scene at Vaughan Foods

Mark Vaughan
Mark Vaughan

Heroic: Mark Vaughan, pictured above, shot the suspect multiple times to put an end to his killing spree. Mr Vaughan is the former president of the company, left, and a reserve sheriff's deputy, rig

'He acted a little odd,' Mohammed said, though he added that Nolen's behavior never raised any 'red flags.'

Mohammed said Nolen began worshipping at one of the group's mosques in May.

He says Nolen wasn't outgoing and that his behavior didn't raise any red flags. 

He also said that Nolen attended services where sermons were delivered against beheadings like those committed by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, militants, reports CBS News.

Lewis said Nolen was fired right before the attack, and that he then drove from the building that houses the company's human resources department to its main distribution center.

Once inside, he attacked 54-year-old Colleen Hufford with a knife in the center's administrative office area, eventually severing her head, according to police. 

Nolen then repeatedly stabbed 43-year-old Traci Johnson before Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff's deputy and the company's chief operating officer, shot him, police said.

Johnson was treated for her injuries at the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, where she was released Saturday, said Varina Shellman, clinical coordinator for the medical center. 

Emotional: Employees and friends wait behind a tape for word of loved ones as police investigate on Thursday

Emotional: Employees and friends wait behind a tape for word of loved ones as police investigate on Thursday

Sadness: Workers stand in silence outside Vaughan Foods as they wait to leave following the grisly attack

Sadness: Workers stand in silence outside Vaughan Foods as they wait to leave following the grisly attack

Overwhelmed: A worker from Vaughan Foods reacts after her colleague was beheaded during the attack

Overwhelmed: A worker from Vaughan Foods reacts after her colleague was beheaded during the attack

Lewis said Johnson was also interviewed Saturday.

Police learned Nolen was fired for 'numerous reasons' involving 'personnel issues,' Lewis said, adding that he didn't know the specifics.

Police asked the FBI to help investigate Nolen after co-workers told investigators he had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. Lewis said police asked the FBI to look into Nolen's background because of the nature of the attack, which followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings by Islamic State militants.

Mohammed said Nolen had attended services where sermons were delivered condemning such attacks.

'In no way, shape or form did he represent Islam in this foolish act,' Mohammed said.

In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Finch said the motive for the attack had not been determined, but that there is no reason to believe there was a threat to anyone else.

'We don't have any reason to believe there is any danger to the area,' Lewis said.

According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Nolen served time in prison and is on probation for assault and battery of a police officer. He also was convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in 2011.

The records show that Nolen has what appear to be religious tattoos, including one referencing Jesus and one in Arabic that means 'peace be with you.'


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A man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and was attacking another worker when he was shot and wounded by a company official, police say.

Reserve sheriff's Deputy Mark Vaughan shot Nolan as he attacked 2nd victim

Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said his department is waiting until Alton Nolen, 30, regains consciousness to arrest him on unspecified charges. He said Nolen severed the head of 54-year-old Colleen Hufford during Thursday's attack at the Vaughn Foods plant in Moore, a suburb of Oklahoma City.

Alton Nolan 2011 Dept. of Corrections photo

"Yes, she was beheaded," Lewis told The Associated Press.

Lewis said Nolen then stabbed Traci Johnson, 43, a number of times before Mark Vaughan, a reserve sheriff's deputy and the company's chief operating officer, shot him.

"This was not going to stop if he didn't stop it. It could have gotten a lot worse," Lewis said.

Lewis said his department asked the FBI to help investigate after co-workers told investigators that Nolen had recently started trying to convert several employees to Islam. He said police asked the FBI to look into Lewis' background because of the nature of the attack, which followed a series of high-profile videotaped beheadings by Islamic State militants.

In a statement, FBI Special Agent in Charge James E. Finch said the motive for the attack had not been determined, but that there is no reason to believe there was a threat to anyone else.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told the AP that there was indication that Nolen was a Muslim convert and was trying to convert others to Islam. However, the officials said there is thus far no connection to terrorism and no evidence of any suspicious travelling Nolen might have done.

The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, said Nolen had a Facebook page that was of potential interest to investigators, but that "there doesn't appear to be any nexus to terrorism right now." But the official also said investigators were still looking into Nolen's background.

Nolen posted on Facebook under the name Jah'Keem Yisrael and declared "SHARIA LAW IS COMING!!!!" He also espoused hatred for America

Johnson and the suspect were hospitalized and in stable condition Friday, Lewis said.

According to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records, Nolen served time in prison and is on probation for assault and battery of a police officer. He also was convicted of cocaine possession with the intent to distribute in 2011.

The records show that Nolen has what appear to be religious tattoos, including one referencing Jesus and one in Arabic that means "peace be with you."

Lewis said Nolen was fired in a building that houses the company's human resources office, then immediately drove to the entrance of the business. He said he didn't know why Nolen was fired.

Employees at Vaughn Foods stand outside their workplace Friday, September 27

A company spokeswoman said the company was "shocked and deeply saddened" by the attack.

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Associated Press writer Eric Tucker in Washington contributed to this report.

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Comment by j stein on October 2, 2014 at 8:54am

yes lady, the story is your Son,  cut someone's freeking head off.. you can't say he had a reason to chop someones freeking head off..

Comment by 3nigirl on September 30, 2014 at 5:21pm
This man is f****** evil
Comment by Chocolatenapps on September 30, 2014 at 12:35pm
That man has mental issues and has had them for some time and they were ignored the mother is one of those that think her children do no wrong!!!!
Comment by GospelPan on September 30, 2014 at 10:45am
Delroy, you have raised some interesting points, but I think I need to address some of them.

Yes, The government have taken the belt out of the home , but they have not removed your hand. Parents can still use their hand to discipline their children so there is no excuse. Besides that you as a parent Can choose to ignore that instruction and still use the belt for the sake of your children ,that's the choice I made.

Ultimately everyone is responsible for their own actions ,so you are correct in that however, parents play a role in how the children turn out. If you as a parent don't discipline and teach your children the correct way , you are creating a monster.

I am not saying that if you teach them correctly they will turn out right all the time ,but if you neglect to teach/discipline them ,this is the result.
Comment by Delroy Richardson on September 30, 2014 at 9:20am
Yy recr oke your saying when a child goes wrong the parent should carry some of the burden How about the system Carry some of the burden because they are the first problem you can no longer discipline your child the way you should discipline them this is the main reason why we're having children acting out the way they are yes the mother is in denial but that's just the way how mothers do until it happens to one of their children.Now that the government has taken the belt out of the parents hands now the blood that the children shed they want the parents to bear some of the burden that sounds crazy to me. my brother you sound like a killer but homeboy is a killer it's a different all honesty we can't say what triggered this man all we know that there are two families that are hurting right now. like I said I wouldn't want to wish this on my worst enemy pray for both family
Comment by sweet tea on September 29, 2014 at 10:14pm
She shoulda talk bout how heartless she son is to chop off somebody head crazy MC
Comment by mr1stroke on September 29, 2014 at 6:48pm

@Khalsa mccray just imagine the pain she went through, before dying, i realize idiots always want to preach after the crime, but where are they when the criminals are in action, i moan the victims

Comment by Chocolatenapps on September 29, 2014 at 6:35pm
@mr1stroke exactly!!!!! He still has his life and living good this women is gone her family suffers forever!!! NOT
Comment by mr1stroke on September 29, 2014 at 6:06pm

@ Khalsa mccray not only that too many mothers get to watch their innocent kids lose their lives while those criminals get a slap in the wrist because they have not met a family who will give them the taste of their own medicine i said f*** all that turn the other cheek, i say an eye for two eyes, we are all will be in pain and when that start to happen every one will think twice, but guess what he will go to jail, sleep rent free, eat good food, watch cable, work out, get to be on facebook, and everything is allright, while there is a family out there who will be in pain until their last day, and some f***** on here think it is okay, 

Comment by Chocolatenapps on September 29, 2014 at 4:09pm
@mr1stroke I agree with you that mother knew her son was trouble and his ass need to pay the mother too! Too many times parents see there kids in trouble but ignore what's goin on they should be held accountable

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