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Arna Kimiai is facing 20 years in prison for coughing at an Uber driver.

Arna Kimiai was accused of assaulting an Uber driver on several counts, but she might face a term of fewer than 15 years in state prison if convicted.

Arna Kimiai was accused of assaulting an Uber driver on several counts, but she might face a term of fewer than 15 years in state prison if convicted.Subhakar Khadka, a 32-year-old Uber driver, was assaulted by passengers on March 7, 2021, after the 32-year-old asked one of the passengers to wear a facemask. In the Portola District, Khadka, the driver picked up Arna Kimiai, Malaysia King, and a third unnamed passenger, but then came to a halt because Kimiai was not wearing a face mask, reports CBS San Francisco.

Kimiai was seen abusing him in a video shot by Khadka by coughing at him and seizing his phone and facemask while shouting expletives. The passenger not only disobeyed COVID-19 regulations, but they also attacked the Uber driver when he mentioned the rules for using Uber during the pandemic.

On March 14, the San Francisco Police Department announced that 24-year-old Kimiai was in custody connected with the aggravated assault and robbery of a 32-year-old Uber driver.

The victim told the San Francisco police, he picked up three female passengers at San Bruno Avenue and Felton Street at approximately 12:45 pm, and when he realized that one of the accused had not worn the mask. He stopped the car and asked the lady to wear the mask to continue the drive. The ladies got down and assaulted the driver. One of them sprayed pepper spray on him.

Kimiai was booked an arrest warrant for charges of robbery (211 PC), assault and battery (243.3 PC), conspiracy (182 PC), and violation of the health and safety code (120295 H&S).

She might face up to a maximum sentence of up to nine years in state prison for robbery(211PC). Under the assault and battery (243.3 PC), a passenger guilty of the offense shall be punished by a fine not exceeding ten thousand dollars ($10,000) or imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding one year or by both that fine and imprisonment. If the victim is injured, the offense is punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000, or by imprisonment in a county jail for not more than one year, or in state prison for 16 months, two or three years by both fine and imprisonment.

And for conspiracy (182 PC), it could be one year jail or $10,000 fine, or both, violation of the health and safety code (120295 H&S) - not more than 90 days imprisonment or $50 - $1,000 fine or both.

On May 3, Sanfrancisco CBS reports that the San Francisco Superior Court hearing featured defendant Kimiai listening to the Uber driver Khadka explaining the events that transpired during the March 7 incident.

We mark the claim as misleading because she might not get jailed for 20 years, as the charges carried a potential sentence of not more than 15 years.

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