BELLINGHAM - A Bellingham man has pleaded guilty to felony harassment for a racist and threatening outburst over a Walmart employee's refusal to let him return a CD player without a receipt.
Herman Lee Barton Jr., 47, paced the floor at Walmart, 4420 Meridian St., and stared down a cashier the morning of Dec. 30, 2012, when employees told him they wouldn't take back the CD player, according to court records. The cashier became scared, so the 45-year-old store manager came over and told Barton to leave the store.
Barton screamed at the manager, a black man: "I'm going to kill you, you (expletive) (racial slur), you disrespect me again!"
In a plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges that Barton spat in the manager's face and swung his fists. He was eventually led from the store.
Police talked with him down the street, where he was "quick to anger" when the officers brought up what had just happened at Walmart, according to the charges.
Prosecutors alleged that Barton called a black police officer the same racial slur, then called a female officer another derogatory name and threatened to cut her head off with a razor.
Barton was ordered to serve three months in jail for making death threats. On Friday, March 22, one day after entering his guilty plea, he was released from jail because he had already served his time.