A Michigan woman will spend the next three months behind bars after a judge sentenced her to 93 days in the Genesee County Jail for her racially charged phone calls to an interracial couple.
According to reports, Colleen Kahl made threatening calls to a woman and her husband after they purchased a home in Grand Blanc Township. The victim, who is Black and married to a White man, said Kahl’s phone calls were akin to being harassed by the KKK.
The victim did not want her name mentioned in news reports for fear of retaliation, but she told the court: “[Kahl’s] call, at midnight, from a blocked number, was her version of a white sheet to hide her true identity.”
“She said she was the welcoming committee for Grand Blanc,” the woman recalled. “This woman went on a racist rant calling me horrible names and threatening my life.”
While Kahl admits to making the call, she contends she never threatened the victims. However, Genesee County District Court Judge Christopher Odette dismissed her claims.
During the sentencing hearing, Judge Odette read a portion of Kahl’s calls, which were recorded by the victims, and chided the woman for her behavior.
“They have felonies for this. It’s called ethic intimidation,” Judge Odette told Kahl. “Why you weren’t charged with it I don’t know. You should have been. That’s my opinion.”
Judge Odette sentenced Kahl to 93 full days with the added stipulation that she will not be eligible for work release, trustee status or any other benefit that would shorten her time in jail.