Former Cal Poly student avoids more jail time over Facebook threat

October 18, 2016
Charles Raymond Bird

Charles Raymond Bird

A former Cal Poly student who sent a death threat late last year to the leader of the pro-diversity group SLO Solidarity has accepted a plea deal that will allow him to avert spending anymore time behind bars. Charles Raymond Bird had been facing a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. [KSBY]

Bird, who has been expelled from Cal Poly, sent the death threat to Matt Klepfer, the leader of SLO Solidarity and the Queer Student Union, via a Facebook profile under the name Mordecai Shekelburg. Klepfer and other members of SLO Solidarity were the targets of the threat. The Facebook message also included a jab at Jews:

“The day of the rope will be coming soon, and you people will be the first to go. If you don’t like how it is in this town, you can go somewhere else. We have a nice thing going here, and if you fuck with that you’re going to have some pretty angry young white man on your hands. Kike.”

Prosecutors charged Bird with a felony count of criminal threats and a hate crime enhancement. Bird pleaded not guilty in January.

In September, Bird reached a deal with the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office in which he agreed to plead no contest to two misdemeanor charges in exchange for prosecutors dropping the criminal threats count and the hate crime enhancement. Bird pleaded no contest to charges of making an annoying or threatening phone call and interference with constitutional rights by intimidation or threat based on characteristics of the victim.

As a result of the plea deal, Bird received two years of probation. He must also must complete 200 hours of community service.

Additionally, if Bird complete his probation without breaking any other laws, the conviction of interfering with constitutional rights may be dismissed.

Bird was believed to have sent the threatening message on the night of Nov. 30, 2015. University police arrested him on Dec. 4.

As part of his plea deal, Bird received credit for time served. It is unclear, though, how much time he spent in San Luis Obispo County Jail.


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6 Comments

  1. ironyman2000 says:

    Sentence too light. This despicable punk should spend ample prison time.

    (-11) 39 Total Votes - 14 up - 25 down
    • Kaiser Bill says:

      Hate Crime is an Orwellian term.Crime is Crime. If someone is murdered, do we really need a “hate crime enhancement?” This is is liberal agitprop from various groups that make up the Democratic Party: minorities of any stripe, be it religion, race, or sexual orientation. The Democratic Party calls anyone who disagrees with their Coalition of the Fringes racist and guilty of hate crimes.

      What Charles Bird did was say the wrong things about groups protected by the Democratic Party. The tone of his words are little different from that of left wing agitators. Black Lives Matter has caused murder of police officers with its rhetoric. Left wing “anti-racist activist” Tim Wise says he will destroy white Trump supporters if they don’t fall in line. I don’t see Black Lives Matter or Tim Wise being charged with any crimes.

      There is a double standard at work here. Indeed, Former Attorney General Eric Holder said white Christian people can’t be the victims of hate crimes. Hate crimes only apply to racial and religious minorities like Jews, Moslems, Blacks, Hispanics along with Gays.

      (2) 2 Total Votes - 2 up - 0 down
  2. Citizen says:

    Hopefully, Matt Klepfer will soon graduate with honors (and all the awards due to him for his activist LGTB work) and return to Colorado. Better for Cal Poly and better for Colorado.

    (-5) 35 Total Votes - 15 up - 20 down
    • sloslo says:

      And exactly why is that better for Cal Poly and Colorado?

      (7) 11 Total Votes - 9 up - 2 down
      • Citizen says:

        It’s better for Colorado because they have much worse problems with acceptance of LBGT people than we have in California, and better for Cal Poly because Matt makes mountains out of molehills on the Cal Poly campus. He should work in his home state and make a difference there.

        (0) 4 Total Votes - 2 up - 2 down
    • T-Bone says:

      Hopefully you’ll learn reading comprehension and understand the words former and expelled.

      (1) 3 Total Votes - 2 up - 1 down

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