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SF man sentenced to jail for hate crime against a family

hate crime against a family

By Bay City News    

A San Francisco man received 60 days in jail and two years of supervised probation Friday for a felony hate crime against a family wearing "Black Lives Matter" T-shirts, whom he threatened, the San Mateo County District Attorney's Office announced.

Steven L. Cibotti, 56, was eating at a restaurant in Burlingame on June 7, 2020 that was also being visited by a family of five who had just participated in a Black Lives Matter march in San Francisco. 

The family consisted of three children, ages seven, five and two, and were wearing Black Lives Matter T-shirts, the prosecutor said.

Cibotti was allegedly intoxicated and approached the family's table and yelled "blue lives matter" and pushed their table. The father of the family told Cibotti that he could not talk to them like that and then the defendant allegedly yelled, "Fuck you, if I had a gun, I would shoot you all."

The now-sentenced defendant pleaded no contest to felony hate crime by means of serious threats and received a sentence of two years of supervised probation, 60 days in jail with one day of credit for time served and 120 hours of public service. 

The offender must also refrain from consuming alcohol and controlled substances, including marijuana, be subject to search and seizure, not be in possession of weapons or ammunition, and has a no-contact order with victims.

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