Man filmed shouting slurs sentenced to 15 days in jail

Ottawa County

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) — The son of a Conklin-area farm owner whose racist tirade was caught on camera has been sentenced to serve time in jail and to pay a fine.

Travis Schoenborn was sentenced Tuesday to serve 15 days in jail and to pay $660 in fines and fees.

He had pleaded guilty in May to disturbing the peace. A charge of assault was dismissed.

Schoenborn was charged after a racist tirade against a migrant worker was caught on tape.

The video of the incident, provided by Migrant Legal Aid to News 8 in 2020, depicts migrant workers standing nearby as Schoenborn goes on his tirade.

“F—ing n—–, okay,” one of the clips begins. “A loud-mouth f—ing n—–, right there. A punk motherf—er. That’s what that is.”

EDS Schoenborn Orchards released a statement Tuesday following the sentencing that said it had made changes following the incident, including adding translators to its staff and providing performance bonuses to workers. Travis Schoenborn also took diversity and ethnic training.

“EDS Schoenborn Orchards has provided quality products for years and is committed to providing a safe, positive work experience for employees. As a result of an incident in July 2020, changes have been made and we have updated several policies as part of this effort. These updates include employee performance bonuses, regularly scheduled team meetings where employees can express concerns, an employee suggestion box and having two translators on staff. Additionally, Travis Schoenborn has completed Diversity and Ethnic Training through the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance and other people are now involved in the direct supervision of the workers.

“Travis takes full responsibility for his actions and accepts the decision the court made on sentencing and is looking forward to improving himself.

“EDS Schoenborn Orchards needs and relies on our workers and is committed to having a positive work environment.”

EDS Schoenborn Orchards

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