Man Who Allegedly Attacked Two Black Men Has Bail Reduced, Keeps Job

An Oregon  man who is charged with numerous hate crimes has had his bail reduced, according to Ogle County StederNews.

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.”

15 comments
staceyshaw88
staceyshaw88

My question is, did they charge the black guy with a crime for hitting the white boy who died? Dude had a glass chin...lol

CarolParks
CarolParks

White Trash Is all I see. They should have kept this garbage in jail, at $250,000. Ugly & stupid looking too. And the guy that lost his life while attacking the Black man, oh well, that's what Ignorance & hate will get you. Oregon is full of rednecks. And to think how really ignorant these hicks are, they didn't even think to bring their friend to the hospital, instead let him die. Well, good riddance, one less bigot in the country.

DanitaFord
DanitaFord

we are still in slavery in 2013 and it seems to me that  they only give us what they wanted us to have music and sports but even thou we have that they still put us in jail for petty stuff and kill us like we should never been her .I really do not under stand justices it is always blind most of the time for us.We as people even when we stand up for our people we still get no where .But one day as martin luther king said  free at last free at last .That is going to happen when jesus come back and take over this wicked world.And then there will be peace on earth good will toward man.

BartLangly
BartLangly

It's amazing how the billybadass black gangmembers never seem to drop the bodies of RACIST ASS WHITE BOYS! THEYonly target folks who look like themselves.

Amazing Grace
Amazing Grace

It's time for young African-American lawyers to become jurisprudence and take the Bench in an effort to take back their communities otherwise, we will continue to lose our footprints in ThisCountry. The whites will never understand Us because they can't stand the color of Our Skin. Not all whites are this narrow-minded, but unfortunately there are many narrow-minded one's in authoritarian positions such as this one mentioned that will always side with their own based solely on racial familiarity and nothing more.

Kim918
Kim918

it is time to arm ourselves and fight back,im sick of these damn white folk pulling this kinda bullshit they know that guy should have been hit with a murder charge because his friend was killed in commission of a felony .had that been a nigga his ass wouldve had no bail and fuck around and got sentenced the next day.speak up an fight back .black dont crack, black dont crack.

PatrickHaitianboyBenoit
PatrickHaitianboyBenoit

I don't think he should be charged it was white guy or the black dude he saved his own life a.k.a. Self defense

DaPipeDr
DaPipeDr

Those are not our people. They are the graham crackas!

BartLangly
BartLangly

I'm not sure who those black folk would be . I sure don't know any of them. Everyone I know feels the system is quite suspect.

staceyshaw88
staceyshaw88

There are white gang members too and they did drop a white ass racist white boy and killed him. Didn't u read the story one cracker got killed.... NOW THATS KARMA

CarolParks
CarolParks

This is up in Oregon, I don't think they have gang members up there. Oregon has a lot of rednecks. And the only " big city" is Portland. A lot of Oregon is pretty backwards.

Ar1
Ar1

@Amazing Grace Damn, Grace you hit it on the head. They based their decisions on race familiarity and the use of discretion that helps to disenfranchise those different from them. Discretion needs to be limited because it typically provides the bases to discriminate. 

CarolParks
CarolParks

Sadly, I agree with you Amazing Grace. I believe the majority of whites are not racist, but still too many in power are. We do need more Black Judges, Attorneys, and political leaders. A lot of racism is being pushed by the GOP/ Tea Bags too. That and Fake Fox Idiots. Sad that this is still going on in 2013.

CarolParks
CarolParks

Your comment is racist. As far as Oregon goes, I don't live there, but do know it's a mostly white, redneck state. People kill each other everyday of all colors, & it just shows how violent our society has gotten. White, Black, Brown, is just the outside of a person. What counts is the inside, and who we are individually. There is bad, & good in all segments of society. We are all human beings, all the human race. Color does not determine who a person is, the way you are raised, & your beliefs determine that.