Cross burning defendants offered plea agreements
March 26, 2012
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s office offered plea agreements to the four defendants accused of committing a hate crime against a black teen in Arroyo Grande last year. [Tribune]
On March 18, 2011, Jason Kahn, 36, Jeremiah Hernandez, 32, William Soto, 20, and Sara Matheny, 24, allegedly set ablaze an 11-foot cross in direct view of a 19-year-old woman’s bedroom in the home she resided in with her mixed race family.
In July, the four suspects entered not guilty pleas and formally faced felony charges of arson, cross burning, terrorism, and conspiracy. The charges include hate crime enhancements.
Kahn was also charged with witness intimidation.
Specific details of the plea agreements offered to the defendants have not been disclosed.
The defendants are scheduled to be back in San Luis Obispo Superior Court to discuss the plea negotiations on Wednesday at 3 p.m.