A former California student who pleaded guilty to stealing another student’s Make America Great Again hat will not spend any time in jail, according to a Monday district attorney statement.
Now-graduated University of California, Riverside student Edith Macias faced a misdemeanor grand theft charge for the September 2017 incident in which she stole fellow student Matthew Vitale’s MAGA hat, reported The College Fix. She will not, however, go to jail for the crime, so long as she finishes a court-determined program.
“The defendant pled guilty to one count of petty theft and was referred to our standard deferred entry of judgment (DEJ) program, which requires the completion of a class in exchange for a dismissal,” Riverside County District Attorney’s Office spokesman John Hall told The Fix.
Hall noted that Macias had finished eight anger management courses and sent Vitale an apology letter before enlisting in the DEJ program.
“[The apology letter] read like a fifth-grader wrote it, and when I saw her in court [for the Friday sentencing] she didn’t look changed at all,” Vitale said. “She looked exactly the same as the day she stole my property.”
Despite that, Vitale said he was pleased with the overall outcome of the case.
“I’m happy with the agreement that Ms. Macias and her attorney reached with the DA’s office,” he said. “I think it’s fair. I never set out to ruin her life. I simply wanted justice for the theft that happened to me.”
Macias launched into a profanity-laden tirade when Vitale dared pursue her with his camera phone after she took his hat. (RELATED: Student Who Stole A MAGA Hat Off Someone’s Head Faces Year In Jail [VIDEO])
“UCR is letting people wear this shit on campus?” the student asked. “Make American Great Again, really? There were lynchings and genocide and mass deportations. … I fucking hate this country. … And I am not leaving. … We need to get rid of all ya’ll.”
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