'My son was a good kid': Mother of workplace beheading suspect speaks out

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'My son was a good kid': Mother of workplace beheading suspect speaks out
In this Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014 photo provided by the Cleveland County, Okla., Sheriff's Department, Alton Nolen is pictured in a booking photo. Nolen has been charged with murder in the first degree in the death of Colleen Hufford, in Moore, Okla. (AP Photo/Cleveland County Sheriff's Department)
Nolen has previously been convicted multiple times on drug charges and for repeatedly assaulting police officers. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
This photo provided by the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office shows reserve sheriff's Deputy Mark Vaughan. Authorities said Friday, Sept. 26, 2014, a man fired from an Oklahoma food processing plant beheaded a woman with a knife and then stabbed another worker on Thursday before being shot by Vaughan, who is also the company's chief operating officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office)
The gruesome attack happened at Vaughan Foods, in Moore, Oklahoma. (KFOR)
This March 25, 2013 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
Nolen has a violent past that includes multiple criminal charges and prison stints. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
Police shown on the scene shortly after the grisly attack, which was stopped by a reserve Oklahoma County deputy. (KFOR)
Employees, who appear to be largely Muslim, gather outside the Vaughan Foods facility shortly after the attack. (KFOR)
Nolen was reportedly shot multiple times with a rifle by Mark Vaughan, the company's COO and a reserve deputy. (Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
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This March 21, 2011 photo provided by the Oklahoma Department of Corrections shows Alton Nolen, of Moore, Okla. Prison records indicate that Nolen, the suspect in the beheading of a co-worker at an Oklahoma food processing plant Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, had spent time in prison and was on probation for assaulting a police officer. (AP Photo/Oklahoma Department of Corrections)
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By RYAN GORMAN

Relatives of the main suspect in an Oklahoma workplace beheading insist that he is a good person and would never hurt anyone.

Mother Joyce Nolen and sister Megan Nolen made the emotional claims in a video posted Saturday to Facebook. Accused killer Alton Nolen has a violent criminal past and has spent multiple stints in prison, records have shown.

"My son was a good kid," said Joyce Nolen. "I know what they saying that he done, but I'm gonna tell you this - that's not my son."

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The family statement came one day after a suburban Oklahoma City workplace rampage that resulted in Alton Nolen being shot by his former boss after beheading Colleen Hufford, 54, and while stabbing 43-year-old Tracy Johnson as he shouted Muslim sayings, police said.

"There's two sides to every story," Joyce Nolen angrily insisted. "We're only hearing one... our hearts bleed right now.

"What they sayin' Alton has done, I want to apologize to both families because this is not Alton," she continued, as daughter Megan Nolen sat silently by her side.

"I'm praying that justice will prevail, the whole story will come out," she added. "The whole story."

Alton Nolen was distraught after being fired from Vaughan Foods, authorities said. Co-workers told local media that he had recently been trying to convert them to Islam.

"My brother, he's always been a great person, a loving person" said Megan Nolen. "He's always been a people person, he's never been a violent person."

Court records show that Alton Nolen has been convicted multiple times of assaulting a police officer and on drug charges. Those convictions landed him in prison on three separate occasions.

Alton Nolen was released from prison only last year. He was also in the midst of serving a suspended sentence - for assaulting a police officer.

Vaughan Foods CEO Mark Vaughan, also a reserve deputy with the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, shot the violent man four times with a rifle before the frenzied attack came to an end, according to reports.

"We're all still in shock right now," said Megan Nolen. "We just ask that everyone out there pray for us.

"We're praying for both of the victims' families," she continued. "We just ask that everyone keep us in their prayers."

Alton Nolen is in the hospital and expected to recover from his wounds.

The ex-con will eventually be charged with first-degree murder and assault and battery with a deadly weapon, according to reports. He may also face federal terrorism charges.


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