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Racially charged phone call gets Imlay City woman 93 days in jail

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(03/05/14) - An Imlay City woman has been sentenced 93 days in the Genesee County Jail for a racially charged phone call last fall.

"Her call, at midnight, from a blocked number, was her version of a white sheet to hide her true identity," says the woman who received the phone call.

She asked that we not use her or her husband's names. She is black. Her husband is white. The couple says the call was made to her cell phone, last October, shortly after they purchased and moved to a home in Grand Blanc Township. The couple says the caller was OK with him living there, but not with her.

"She said she was the welcoming committee for Grand Blanc," she says. "This woman went on a racist rant calling me horrible names and threatening my life."

She initially answered the call, but handed the phone off to her husband at one point. They recorded it and reported it to police. Officers traced the call to Colleen Kahl.

"I did make remarks that I shouldn't have made, but I didn't threaten, your honor," Kahl says. "I swear to you I didn't."

Genesee County 67th District Court Judge Christopher Odette read portions of the call to her during her sentencing hearing Wednesday, March 5, "...you need to go to live in Flint where you belong. If you don't go, believe me, we will make sure you make it out of this neighborhood. Like I said before, this is Grand Blanc and we do not tolerate her kind in our community."

The couple figures Kahl, a stranger to them, is somehow associated with the person they bought their home from.

Kahl pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor - making a malicious or harassing phone call.

She apologized a number of times before Odette sentenced her.

"I know it was wrong," Kahl says. "I truly regret it. I'm not that type of person."

Odette didn't go easy on her.

"They have felonies for this. It's called ethic intimidation," Odette says. "Why you weren't charged with it I don't know. You should have been. That's my opinion."

He sentenced her to jail for the full 93 days allowed and without the possibility of work release, trustee status or any other benefit.

"Her ultimate judge is God," says the Grand Blanc Township woman. "Hopefully, even if this doesn't change her way of thinking she won't do this to anybody else."

Kahl did not have an attorney listed in online, court records or with her in court.


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