Arroyo Grande cross burners sentenced to prison

May 22, 2012

Jason Kahn

Three of the four defendants accused of committing a hate crime against a black teen in Arroyo Grande last year were sentenced to prison on Monday.

San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Jacquelyn Duffy sentenced Jason Kahn, 36, to 12 years in prison for two counts of terrorism and for committing a hate crime. During a preliminary hearing, prosecutors argued that Kahn demonstrated his affinity for white supremacy by sporting several swastika and white power tattoos and that the cross burning was racially motivated.

Sara Matheny, 24, and William Soto, 20,  received sentences of five years each for one count of arson and terrorism, and for committing a hate crime.

The fourth defendant,  Jeremiah Hernandez, 32, plead not guilty and his trial is slated to conclude this week. His attorney has argued Hernandez had nothing to do with the cross burning.

On March 18, 2011, Kahn,  Hernandez, Soto, and Matheny allegedly set ablaze an 11-foot cross in direct view of the 19-year-old woman’s bedroom in the home she resided in with her mixed-race family.



  1. SuperDave says:

    Hi Ted, I’ll be YOUR terrorist today! What would you say if I burn a cross (a sign of your religion no less!) on your lawn, and then we will survey your feelings. Then, just for the heck of it we will do it every now and then, just to keep YOU guessing when we will be dropping by. Now, how does this feel? Still not scared? I’m sure others might have ideas designed to get your attention. Pompous, self righteous, and just plain creepy, you continue to lower the bar every day. Go away!

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    • Ted Slanders says:


      In burning said cross, that relates to being from the KKK or an Aryan nation member. When did you join the organizations? Oh, and biblically, I am not from the curse of Ham, so burning any cross does not effect me!

      Put your thinking cap on for just a second, okay? In this instance, racism is only within the writings of the big three skygods that are still promoting their presence at this time. Get it? Sure you do.

      Therefore, to hold true to your child like notions, you either have to be a Jew, Christian, or Muslim radical. Which one are you, along with being a KKK member or from the Aryan nation?

      When you called me those disparaging names, in turn, you’re calling the Judeo-Christian bible those names as well. Why? Because what I brought forth is relative to the Hebrew-Christian biblical teachings, and of which, I gave you chapter and verse.

      Now, you go away to save what face you have left regarding you coming down on the bible like you’ve done. Such ungodly insolence!

      Thank you.

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  2. SanSimeonSam says:

    fortunately our founding fathers truly Christian gentlemen of the true faith were wise enough to inbed the concept and practice of separation of church and state into the constitution and foundation of our country. That allows sanity and true righteous princples to prevail over the type of the ignorant unwashed uneducated tripe that fanatics attempt to assault us with. I must say that it is a miracle indeed that someone of your intellect has the ability to breathe on your own, let alone read.

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    • r0y says:

      I am so tired of seeing this “Separation of Church and State in our Constitution” argument…

      First, “the separation of church and state” is not mentioned or alluded to in the Constitution. Not until we started amending it… the concept of “the separation of church and state” is found in the First Amendment, the relevant part of which simply reads:

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.”

      In other words, the state needs to stay out of the church business. It wasn’t until 1947 that the Supreme Court invoked the principle of “separation of church and state” in a legal ruling.


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      • SanSimeonSam says:

        I chose my words carefully, I said the concept and practice of ….that does not mean the words are in the constitution. I know that…..any idiot knows that….i mean you have chosen to make a big deal out of it. Maintaining separation of organized religion from organized government is a basic tenent of our country and its laws. The state needs to stay out of the churchs business and the bloody churches need to stay the hell away from the government. Stay in the pulpit where you belong

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    • fivecitiesbeat says:

      “fortunately our founding fathers truly Christian gentlemen of the true faith were wise enough to inbed the concept and practice of separation of church and state into the constitution…” and owning slaves.

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  3. Ted Slanders says:

    My fellow TRUE Christians,

    If the true Christian will only get out their NC-17 rated bible, and if they read it themselves instead of having it read to them on Sunday mornings, they will see that it promotes unadulterated racism, period!

    Mr. Jason Kahn was only following his biblical teachings when the sentence was handed to him by judge Jacquelyn Duffy. Where does she get the authority to usurp our Hebrew/Christian God’s word regarding racism?

    Another sad day for the Christian community.

    Let us pray.

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    • Kettel says:

      The wicked continue to run amok. Didn’t a certain person promise to rid us of the wicked?

      And besides it takes a village, this whole thing didn’t happen in a vacuum.

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