Jul 18, 2017
William Koenig held to answer on criminal threat and petty theft charges, gets Count 1 reduced, pleads guilty and is sentenced today, all in an hour and 15 minutes
William Koening's preliminary hearing was held this morning. The victim, Zachary Rotwein was the first witness. The second witness was EPD officer Ben Altic.
Koening looked completely different with a haircut and beard shaved in court.
Koenig was held to answer to both charges. Count 1 with criminal threats, a felony. Count 2 petty theft from the Humboldt Republican Party, a misdemeanor.
Before arraignment could be set, Koenig's attorney made a motion to reduce Count 1 to a misdemeanor, which was granted. Then Koenig plead guilty to both counts and he was sentenced today to three years conditional probation with 60 days in jail. Koening was given credit for two weeks in custody and good time credits. He can see if he is eligible for SWAP for the remainder of his jail sentence.
Before this incident, Koenig had just started a job at Party City, and was living with his girlfriend, at the Betty Chinn Center. They lost that housing.
Right after Koenig got a break from getting his felony reduced, and his attorney said he was remorseful, he glared in court while Rotwein made his victim impact statement. Koeining himself did not show or express remorse and his girlfriend (the woman with the green hair mentioned in my post yesterday) glared at Rotwein too. After court, she went up to Rotwein and said, "Do you have a vendetta against my boyfriend?"
I will update details of the preliminary, victim statement, reasons for the 17 b motion to reduce Count 2 and Judge Feeny's remarks later today.
The case is being prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Steven Steward . Koening is being represented by Deputy Public Defender Casey Russo. No other media was in court or has covered the court proceedings for this case.