ASUO External Vice President Patrick Kindred will remain in Lane County Jail for another night after a recommendation from the City Prosecutor caused Judge Karen Stenard to overturn the original ruling to release.
Kindred’s arraignment took place at 11:00 a.m. on Feb. 11. His hearing resulted in an order for release on the conditions that he attend a Jail Diversion Program, which runs through Lane County Behavioral Health and also that he stay away from all University of Oregon property. His next court date was set for March 20.
After the release was ordered, City Prosecutor Susan Triem entered the courtroom and told the court that the city had reservations regarding Kindred’s release. The city is working in concordance with Corizon Correctional Healthcare for information on Kindred’s mental health status and whether they would recommend he be released.
Stenard then called Kindred back up and heard the city prosecutor’s statement. A representative from Corizon was present, and he informed the court that he is waiting on a call from his superior with regard to Kindred. The city is in turn waiting for Corizon’s opinion, which they are hoping to get by the end of the day. Triem said the series of social media posts were factors in the investigation into Kindred’s mental state, as well as an incident with UOPD on Jan. 29.
Upon hearing the Prosecutor’s statement, Stenard said she preferred to hear the final input from the city before deciding to release Kindred. Kindred’s next hearing is scheduled for Feb. 12 at 11:00 a.m.
With regards to Kindred’s status as External VP, President Beatriz Gutierrez told the Emerald that he is still a part of the team and is considered to be on an extended leave of absence. In the meantime, Kindred’s duties will be dispersed to other members of the ASUO Executive staff.
“I don’t want to discount the work he’s done this year for the student body,” Gutierrez said.
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