Oklahoma beheading suspect Alton Nolen's mother, Joyce Nolen, stated during a weekend press conference that there are "two sides to every story." The former Vaughan Foods employee is currently being investigated for possible ties to ISIS. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, Nolen is accused of beheading one woman and attacking another before being shot by an executive at the Oklahoma food plant.
Colleen Hufford, 54, was decapitated during the attack. Joyce Nolen recorded a video with the Oklahoma beheading suspect's sister, Megan Nolen, standing alongside. Alton Nolen's mother said the family is in shock over the deadly attack at Vaughan Foods plant last week.
"My heart is just so heavy right now, I know my son. My son was raised up in a loving home. My son was raised up believing in God... my son was a good kid," Joyce Nolen said after the beheading in Oklahoma.
Local police officers reportedly believe that Alton Nolen became a Muslim last year, and repeatedly attempted to convince his Vaughan Foods co-workers to convert to Islam. A Facebook page which has been attributed to Nolen contains a plethora of postings and photos, many of which appear to support ISIS. As previously reported by The Inquisitr, law enforcement officers believe that Alton Nolen created his Facebook page under the name of Jah'Keem Yisrael.
"That's not my son. There's two sides to every story and we're only hearing one. His family – our hearts bleed right now, because what they are saying Alton has done. I want to apologize to both families, because this is not Alton, but I just... I'm prying justice will prevail," Joyce Nolen also stated during the video recorded after the Oklahoma beheading.
Alton Nolen's sister claims her brother has never been violent. "[H]e has always been a people person," Megan Nolen, 27, added. She asked that the public pray for everyone involved in the Oklahoma beheading, and registered her disbelief that her brother was the cause of the incident.
The former Vaughan Foods employee had previously been convicted on felony drug charges, assault and battery on a police officer, and escape from prison. He was released from prison in March of last year after doing less than two years of a six-year sentence for cocaine possession with intent to distribute, according to Moore, Oklahoma, officials.
"@racistdoc Muslims shouting 'Praise Allah' surround Oklahoma cops after a press conference on beheading in Oklahoma pic.twitter.com/WSLRvdbDIv"
— Susan (@AlwayzSusan) September 26, 2014
Vaughan Foods chief operating officer Mark Vaughan has been hailed as a hero for stopping the Oklahoma beheading attack before others could be decapitated as well. Vaughan is a also reserve county deputy.
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