“Kyle ‘Based Stickman’ Chapman, a 41-year-old Daly City man, could face up to eight years in state prison if convicted of the felony charge of possessing a lead pipe,” The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Chapman was charged with possession of a “leaden stick allegedly used to hit counterprotesters during a pro-President Trump event in Berkeley,” which could carry an enhanced sentence under California law due to his prior felony robbery and grand theft convictions.
Alameda County Superior Court Judge Mark A. McCannon set bail at $135,000 and required Chapman stay 300 yards from the weekend rallies in San Francisco and Berkeley.
The night before being arraigned, Chapman vowed he would attend “regardless” of what happened in court.
“If found guilty, with prior enhancements I’m looking a good chunk of time. Regardless, I will be attending the SF and Berekley rallies,” Chapman wrote on Facebook.
“It’s not hard to see why Chapman was singled out by the alt-right. The photo of him is extremely meme-able; he looks like a medieval cosplay fantasy come to life,” The New Republic explained in a March profile, adding, “perhaps Chapman is best described as a run-of-the-mill Donald Trump supporter. Chapman told me that his ideology is ‘pretty much in line with what you see coming from the Trump administration.’ He watches Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity and was rooting for Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012.”
“’Based’ is slang for not caring what other people think of you. ‘Stickman’ is, well, a man with a stick,” the New Republic explained, suggesting the moniker liked originated on 4chan.