Boulder man accused of threatening, directing slurs at black man takes plea deal

May 4—A Boulder man accused of using racial slurs and threatening to kill a black man in 2019 has taken a plea deal in his case and was given a deferred sentence.

Matthew Milani, 38, pleaded guilty to a Class 3 misdemeanor count of harassment Monday, and was sentenced to a two-year deferred judgement, according to online court records.

A deferred judgement means that if Milani can complete the terms of his sentence and avoid any new significant charges during the two years, he will be able to withdraw the guilty plea and have the charge dismissed.

However, if Milani cannot complete the deferred sentence, he will have a conviction automatically entered on the harassment count and will be subject to sentencing on that count.

Prosecutors dismissed a misdemeanor count of bias motivated crime.

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According to an arrest affidavit, a police officer was called to the 3800 block of Armer Avenue on Aug. 23, 2019, for a report of a menacing.

On scene, a black man told police he was working on moving an appliance out of a house when a neighbor, later identified as Milani, began to shout at him.

The man told police Milani called him a racial slur and then said, "You don't belong here, I'll kill you." Milani was reportedly hanging a Confederate flag in the window while making the threats, according to the affidavit.

When the police officer attempted to talk to Milani, Milani made an obscene gesture at the officer and told him to get off the property.

The officer got Milani's name and contact information from Milani's landlord and tried to call him, but got no answer. The officer again tried to talk to Milani at the home, but Milani again made an obscene gesture at the cop and told him to get off the property.

The officer left the scene and applied for an arrest warrant.

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