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Filmmaker found guilty of endangerment speaks out on terror video

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PHOENIX -

It's the hoax movie that no one was laughing at. A man made a film about a fake terrorist on the streets of Phoenix. He says he wanted to test police response time.

But just about everyone who has seen this video realizes this was a pretty bone-headed idea -- including a jury who convicted the filmmaker.

So does he now regret his response time experiment?

"If I could back up knowing what I would know now, when I walked out and saw my nephew enter the street I would call him back into the house," says Michael Turley.

Michael Turley still maintains he didn't commit a crime in filming these now infamous movie scenes.

"This was not an intentional act, there was nothing intentional. This was nothing more than social media gone wrong."

Turley says he just wanted to film his 16-year-old nephew's antics wrapped up in a sheet carrying a fake grenade launcher at home.

"When I came back with the camera my nephew had made his way out in the street. By the time I caught up with my nephew he had started to walk out on the corner of Bell Road."

He says it was only until several weeks later that he decided to use the footage to make the internet movie.

"Unfortunately I'm pretty good at what I do, at telling stories."

Turley was charged with endangering the life of his teen nephew, and also with perpetuating a criminal hoax. But he claims Phoenix Police were just embarrassed.

"They themselves said no crime was committed. If this was a terror act they should have arrested me then on July 28. They failed to do that, they only came after me when they saw a video that made them look bad."

A jury didn't buy it. He was found guilty and a judge just sentenced him to jail.

"If something like this can happen to a legitimate filmmaker who documented a spontaneous event and turned it into a film, regardless of the content, that is my first amendment right," says Turley.

During the trial, prosecutors said Turley put his nephew's life in danger, and at sentencing asked the judge for a 100 day sentence because they say Turley hasn't taken responsibility for his actions.

Turley was sentenced to 2 weeks and 2 years' probation.

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