An Oregon man who is charged with numerous hate crimes has had his bail reduced, according to Ogle County News.
Matthew Steder, 22, is accused of taking part in a hate crime where two black men were attacked at an underage drinking party. Steder is charged with “three counts of hate crimes, Class 4 felonies, one count of aggravated battery, a Class 3 felony, and three counts of battery,” according to the paper.
On December 6th, Judge Robert Hanson reduced Steder’s bail from $250,000 to $25,000. Steder posted bond and has been released. His attorney, David Tess, confirmed that his client’s employer is holding his job for him.
Hanson expressed concern over Steder’s criminal record, but reduced the bail after Tess filed a motion to have it reduced.
“I’m concerned over his history at such a young age,” Hanson said. “I believe the bond at $250,000 is too high, but I believe it should be sufficiently high to ensure he will appear in court.”
Steder’s past includes a history of violence and alcohol abuse.
Oregon police charged Steder and another man with chasing and attacking two black men from the Rockford area at an August 10 party. Eighteen year old Jonathan Williams lost his life in the melee when one of the black men he was chasing defended himself by turning around and hitting Williams. Williams suffered a head injury but none of his friends took him to the hospital. He later passed away.
“The death of a man so young is a tragedy”, said Ogle County State’s Attorney Mike Rock according to mystateonline.com. “Jonathan’s death was preventable and the direct result of the actions of individuals at the party who started the fight, and other individuals who failed to get Mr. Williams medical attention that likely would have saved his life.”