A Chicago man being held In Cook County Jail after allegedly making threats to Lake View-area businesses will not be receiving a reduction in his bail after repeated outbursts in his Feb. 28 court hearing.
The court incident was reported March 1 on the CWB Chicago blog.
Shane Sleeper faces a number of charges after a series of threats leveled through a variety of means, among them text messages, email and social media. He faces four counts of misdemeanor electronic harassment, misdemeanor assault and misdemeanor phone harassment.
Among his threats was that "Orlando will come to Chicago," in reference to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting. Much of the harassment had centered on persons affiliated with Roscoe's Tavern and Sidetrack Nightclub.
Sleeper requested a bail reduction in order so that he might return to work sooner, but he began to grow indignant over the course of the Feb. 28 hearing. Judge Anthony Calabrese eventually ordered Sleeper removed from the courtroom.
Sleeper has had previous brushes with the law. He was arrested in February for allegedly making a shooting gesture towards a Sidetrack manager, and was arrested in 2015 for allegedly beating the owner of a gay bar.
CWB Chicago's report is at bit.ly/2F3dh8d .