Man says weight prevents court appearance

A 44-year-old West Michigan man charged with making a bomb threat says he can't appear in court because of his weight.
AP Wire
Jul 31, 2014


Jeffery Allan Klein says a variety of obesity-related ailments have left him bedridden. He says he weighs 625 pounds and suffers from diabetes, back pain and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Klein was charged with making a false bomb threat at a Cedar Springs mobile home. Because of prior felony convictions, he faces up to 15 years in prison.

Police say Klein called 911 and said there was a bomb in the park that was set to go off in four hours. A search was conducted and nothing was found.

Police say he confessed to making the threat because he was angry at park management for fining him.

The court issued a warrant for Klein's arrest after he missed numerous court hearings. His attorney, Damian Nunzio, said the Kent County Fugitive Taskforce knows that Klein is now living in Grand Rapids, but they haven't picked him up yet.

Nunzio said it would cost between $2,000 and $3,000 to move him from the special bed in which he is confined. He also said he would have to be transported by a special ambulance and taken to the court via a freight elevator.

Nunzio said if Klein is convicted, his health concerns would present challenges for the Kent County Jail and the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Assistant Prosecutor James Benison said Klein's move from Cedar Springs to Grand Rapids in November showed he can get out of the house when he really wants to.

Judge Dennis Leiber told the lawyers they have until Friday to figure out a way to resolve the case.



There seems to be more and more of this where young men and men of all ages just giving up. Obviously with his weight he is unemployable. People just run out of money, can't pay their bills, their taxes, buy stamps, gas, car insurance. Looks like junk food sure is available though. Maybe all he has left is the jails/prison. Free food, bed, shower, clothes, medical, dental, pharmacy. I remember a young 18 year old in the news, stole a patrol car then drove himself to Ottawa County jail and walked right in and said "I'm home now" Just don't get it anymore with people. If they arrest him - he is better off. Go figure?


It appears he has 3 or 4 kids, doesn't work, gets SSI Disability, and somehow affords a special bed. He already gets Free food, bed, shower, clothes, medical, dental, pharmacy plus free raising of his kids.

The government should spend the money to buy 10 pounds of Vaseline, coat him with it, pop him out of his trailer into a rented front end loader, haul his butt to the Courthouse, hold Court outside as he is swaddled in the loader, find him guilty, haul him off to jail, re-coat him with vaseline, pop him into the cell and feed him intravenously just enough to get his weight down.

Based on the arguments made by his counsel, I'd house him with his client.


That I would like to see.

Tri-cities realist

Me too. Would be almost as entertaining as the ACLU coming to his defense. Personal responsibility? That is so old-fashioned. :-S


Great idea, Vlad - but are you volunteering to be the one to glob the 10 pounds of Vaseline on his 650+ pound body?? Yech.....

Tri-cities realist

I never thought I'd see the day someone would claim to be not guilty by reason of... obesity.

Harry Kovaire

Perfectly legitimate - found in the "penumbras" and "emanations" of this defense.

(Now the brand name of a cream-filled, sponge cake triggers the profanity filter.)


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