After Being thrown out of a T.G.I. Friday, Eli Michael Coffey ended up threatening to kill the staff. At sentencing he got a slap on the wrist and mandated to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.
Woodbury Man Given 20 Days In Jail For Threatening to Kill Local Restaurant Manager Eli Michael Coffey, 30, was also give four years probation and ordered to attend AA.
By Jeff Roberts
A 30-year-old Woodbury man was sentenced to 20 days in jail and four years of probation after being convicted on Feb. 10 of a felony county of making terroristic threats.
Eli Michael Coffey was originally charged with a second felony—pattern of stalking conduct—but Washington County District Court Judge Mary Hannon dismissed that charge in exchange for Coffey’s guilty plea.
Hannon also ordered Coffey to abstain from alcohol and drug use, attend a six-month Alcoholics Anonymous program and submit to a mental health evaluation.
According to a Washington County summons complaint, Coffey threatened to kill a manager and staff member at the old T.G.I. Friday’s after being kicked out of the restaurant for being too intoxicated.
The complaint states Woodbury police caught up with Coffey at Sunsets later that evening to warn him to stay away from T.G.I. Friday’s but that the man called the restaurant three times to issue the threats after police left him.
Had he been sentenced to the maximum penalty, Coffey would have spent five years in prison and been forced to pay a $10,000 fine.