Kenneth Wheeler, schmuck, gets forty months in prison for Facebook death threats

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Last September, when we reported that Kenneth Wheeler could get five years in prison for Facebook posts, a lot of you probably thought, "Fat chance." And you were right to be skeptical, albeit only by a matter of degree. Wheeler's now been sentenced to forty months -- just over three years. And that's not all.

What the hell could he have posted to earn that kind of a jolt? For one thing, he encouraged the murder of cops and kids, even providing helpful info about a daycare center.

As we've reported, Wheeler's message probably wasn't widely distributed: Months after his conviction, the Facebook page remains online, and it only shows fifteen friends -- one fewer than it had at the time of our previous post. But the U.S. Attorney's Office took what he typed plenty seriously anyhow.

Among the photos still on view is this one, showing Wheeler pretending to sleep through a class at Colorado Mesa University in Grand Junction....

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...and this one, taken when he was considerably more alert:

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Prosecutors say Wheeler, 32, first came to the attention of the local police department after cops received a tip about a a worrisome Facebook post. The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel's original article about Wheeler, published in March 2012, describes the item as "rambling" and "often nonsensical," and based on excerpts from the warrant issued in his name -- for instance, the introduction cited the "STARDRAGON celestial override contingency" -- that sounds about right. But underpinning the weirdness were violent statements.

Examples? Wheeler urged folks to go after "rapists, pedophiles and cops," writing, "kill them all. Hang em upside down set their face on fire and saw them in half."

The mention of cops wasn't a general one: He referenced three Grand Junction police officers by name, as well as a specific daycare center in central GJ. He suggested that his "followers" just "walk in and kill everybody. phug it. they want to play games lets play the game of life, where winners live and losers die."

Continue for more about the sentencing of Kenneth Wheeler, including additional photos.



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Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

@ Rashad. Directly encouraging or ordering others to inflict bodily harm on specific targets or even the general population at large isn't just some "bizarre rant." It shows that there is an INTENT to inflict harm upon others by way of proxy. There's a fine line between wishing someone was harmed and actually inciting others to do your "work" for you.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

"he is only responsible for action not intent " That's not true. If one is deemed to be taking direct steps...that is CONSPIRING...to commit an illegal act, then intent DOES matter. This also explains the difference between murder vs. manslaughter and attempted murder vs. aggravated assault. The end result is the same but the motives radically differ and result in a wider disparity of punishment.

Don Overit
Don Overit

what a shitty deal. This is why people blow up and start killing random targets is because there is nothing left to do to vent or take out anger. So when we have another columbine or aurora theater shoot out know its your fault for being such cry babies and calling the cops every chance you get This city really has gone to shit and I cannot wait til its torn down from the inside out lmao

Jeff Dougan
Jeff Dougan

I agree with Mr. Rashad 100%. Completely unacceptable outcome in a free society.

James Gold
James Gold

This is INSANE considering that any time there's an article about someone who actually killed someone, and somehow got off with some kind of minimal punishment... the "comments" sections of each article are FILLED with threat-speak. But it goes ignored because mob mentality dictates that threat-speak is A-OK in certain circumstances.

Seth Iniguez Bertoni
Seth Iniguez Bertoni

Threatening words are a crime, for which he was convicted by a jury of his peers. Should the children of our law enforcement officers be subject to death threats, their location and families named, with no response from society?

akDan
akDan

I wonder WHAT they'll DO to ME for SAYING Obama NEEDS to BE JAILED for #Benghazi #FastAndFurious 'Gun Trafficking', ILLEGAL USE of the #IRS & #NSA to intimidate Political Enemies & ILLEGALLY Constant Dictator-Like Changes to #Obamacare - that ONLY Congress CAN DO ???

Mick Paul
Mick Paul

I think someone who wants to drown police officers in their own blood, tells people to kill their families if his DUI is not dismissed is waaaaaaaay beyond anger management classes. This guy is sick, and needs a padded room I think.

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

 Making threats against cops is taken very seriously. Threats against "liberals," not so much. 

Keith A. Badje
Keith A. Badje

Good. The guy looks, sounds, and acts like a complete lunatic, threatened people by name, and threatened to shoot up a day care center. Hopefully he can get some help in prison, but he deserves to be locked up.

Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams

Ahmad T. Rashad, In 1942, Justice Frank Murphy summarized the case law: "There are certain well-defined and limited classes of speech, the prevention and punishment of which have never been thought to raise a Constitutional problem. These include the lewd and obscene, the profane, the libelous and the insulting or “fighting” words – those which by their very utterances inflict injury or tend to incite an immediate breach of the peace."

Taelour Jordahn Wagler
Taelour Jordahn Wagler

Based on other things that were said and were going on at the time, to me, this was a sign that he needed help not incarceration. Being imprisoned isn't going to help mental instability or an episode he was going through at the time. Sorry, total horse shit, in my opinion.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

I agree Bill...if he wasn't a sociopath yet, he will be when he gets out.

Scott McMahon
Scott McMahon

I don't think sending this guy to jail is going to help him...it's going to make him worse.

Bill Bartlett
Bill Bartlett

and why is the solution always prison? coulda sent him to anger management or something, that could have actually helped him and saved the community a shitton of money.

Christina Adams
Christina Adams

no.you cant just go around and threaten to kill everybody and get away with it.

Christina Swofford
Christina Swofford

Yeah anyone pointing out specific day cares and saying walk in kill everyone there deserves to be put away BEFORE the crime happens. Would hate to see innocent lives lost and then they take action.

Glen Kelley
Glen Kelley

Although crazy as he may seem. What about the first amendment. Are threatening words a crime? What is happening to the constitution?

80rice80
80rice80

Chri Lewis, if freedom includes encouraging people to kill cops then nobody wants it. Except you and Ken that is.

Patty Leidy
Patty Leidy

umm what about MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT to determine how " off " he is if at all? did they do that?

Chris Lewis
Chris Lewis

You should not be punished for your thoughts, only your deeds. This is no longer a free country.

Cameron Durand
Cameron Durand

Kristy Campbell I hope everyone from GJ isn't this crazy! Lol

Jared Forqueran
Jared Forqueran

Then why are these idiots that keep threatening the life of our president on fb daily still walking around free??

Craig Sydow
Craig Sydow

Haha this guy had 16 facebook friends and one of them turned him in

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Ugh, where in my post did I state or even imply such behavior was appropriate? I merely stated this particular individual's behavior is not all that different from that which is displayed by numerous others on Lamebook threads -- this or any other --, and as such, they are just as deserving of at the very least increased scrutiny from law enforcement if not being charged. Besides, I personally have been on the receiving end of (largely vague and non-credible) threats by other Lamebook users here and elsewhere, so your pointless lecturing is completely uncalled for....SIC.

Justin Pearce
Justin Pearce

I thought he looked familiar from the picture, I go to the same school as this jack ass. Surprised I heard it from west word before anywhere else

Ellen Zuckerman
Ellen Zuckerman

Did anyone actually READ this article, or the previous news reports on this guy? From the article: "For one thing, he encouraged the murder of cops and kids, even providing helpful info about a daycare center." Also: "The mention of cops wasn't a general one: He referenced three Grand Junction police officers by name, as well as a specific daycare center in central GJ. He suggested that his "followers" just "walk in and kill everybody. phug it. they want to play games lets play the game of life, where winners live and losers die." He basically urges people to kill police officers as well as their children. Not sure why Sterling Meeks or whatever your name is thinks that's appropriate. What if he publicly urged people to kill YOUR child or family member? (I don't disagree that pedophiles and rapists should be punished. But that's not Kenneth Wheeler's job, nor any vigilante--that is for the justice system to determine.)

Dave Lenio
Dave Lenio

she should have recorded that into a rap and sold it to children as art or maybe said it was just an excerpt from a screen play he wanted to shop around hollywood.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

From the article: _____________ Examples? Wheeler urged folks to go after "rapists, pedophiles and cops," writing, "kill them all. Hang em upside down set their face on fire and saw them in half." ____________ Well, golly, roughly 2/3 of morally butthurt DWEEBS on this and other Lamebook pages openly encourage violent retribution against rapists, pedos (confirmed or accused), law enforcement, and -- in an uglier twist -- TSA agents. That means these imbeciles should join this idiotic, unkempt, balding DWEEB in federal or state "pound me in the ass" prison.

Sterling Meeks
Sterling Meeks

Actually, this guy is what we here in the nether regions of the Net refer to as troll bait. He's the type of raging lunatic that actual trolls enjoy fucking with. If you want a current similar example, look no further than resident loon (and closeted fruitcake) Danie J. "Butt Boy" King IV.

Bill Bartlett
Bill Bartlett

not sure the punishment fits the crime here...? anger management might have been a better solution for the community.

B-rad K. Evans
B-rad K. Evans

So this should be a warning to all the intenet trolls to keep their hate to themselves.

akDan
akDan

Sterling 'Geek' WILL SOON be in PRISON for purposely SPREADING AIDS to his numerous Gay Lovers !!!!

jabuhrer
jabuhrer

"Are threatening words a crime?" - Yes, in fact they are. 

akDan
akDan

That's a bunch of LIES designed to protect the ILLEGAL Presidency of an Indonesian National who SEALED ALL his RECORDS to HIDE his Ineligibility coupled with his CURRENT CRIMES of TREASON ('per Article 3 of the Constitution = 'Aiding & Abetting America's Enemy - Al Qaeda with MILLIONS in U.S. Tax Payer-bought AK-47's & RPG Rocket Launchers - being USED in Fallujah NOW !!!


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