A 625 pound man says he is unfit for court

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A crime in Michigan remains unsolved after 2 years, and one man is blaming his weight, according to Fox 17 West Michigan.

Jeffery Klein weighs 625 pounds and has missed a number of court appearances, including one recently after having a stroke.

Fox 17 West Michigan  says Klein is accused of phoning in a bomb threat.

“I was upset,” he said. “I admitted to police that I did a bomb threat over the phone at the Cedar Springs Mobile Home Estates.” Klein made the threat in response to fines that were issued to him for littering and other offenses, Klein said.

According to Fox 17 West Michigan, Klein can’t live without pain killers and oxygen tanks, so getting to court is causing him problems.

However, the court system is getting fed up on Klein not showing up.

“I got documentation that says I am wheelchair bound or bed bound,” he said. But prosecutors said Klein can get around with assistance and therefore he should be able to make it to court.

Klein said in November a warrant was issued for his failure to appear, which then forced Social Security to stop issuing his disability checks.

Klein told Fox 17 West Michigan he isn’t trying to evade police or prison, he’s just not sure if the jail or prison would be equipped to handle him.

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