Eric Clanton – the 28 year old California philosophy professor unmasked by 4chan and subsequently arrested and charged with four felonies for assaulting Trump supporters with a bike lock – is facing serious jail time.
First, let’s check out the police report
Clanton is accused of hitting at least seven victims including Sean Stiles over the head with a ‘U-shaped’ bike lock. Stiles required 5 staples.
Clanton’s apartment was searched and a cache of Antifa paraphernalia was removed (shocker).
Clanton has a prior arrest for demonstrating with BLM in 2014
And I doubt his Antifa tattoo will help in prison
Now let’s look at part of the criminal complaint filed Friday (download entire .pdf here)
Full list of charges
Adding it up
While I’m not a lawyer, it’s clear Clanton is alleged to have committed crimes which carry enhanced sentences: Three of the four felony charges allege a ‘serious felony,‘ while the attack on Sean Stiles is being considered a ‘serious felony and a violent felony.‘
Let’s take a look at California sentencing guidelines for assault with a deadly weapon that is not a firearm:
felony charges = up to 16 years
But wait – there are enhancements!
Three of Clanton’s charges are “serious” and one is “violent and serious.” So tack on 5 years for each of the three serious felonies, and 15 years for the serious and violent felony.
So, if Eric Clanton is found guilty and the judge throws the book at him, he’s looking at up to 46 years and $40,000 in fines. Tack on 6 more months for allegedly committing the crime(s) while wearing a mask.
Does anyone think he’ll serve anywhere near that?
In Berkeley? Against Trump supporters? I’m not holding my breath. For starters, the judge could order that Clanton serve all four felonies concurrently and/or simply hand out an otherwise light sentence.
Clanton allegedly attacking someone at the Milo UC Berkeley protest.
— Daniel McPartlan (@dancalbear) February 2, 2017
And a picture which appears to be Clanton from that event.
Let this be a lesson to Antifa – dressing up like ISIS and plotting cowardly attacks like Eric Clanton…