Kenneth Wheeler, schmuck, gets forty months in prison for Facebook death threats
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.
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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....
...and this one, taken when he was considerably more alert:
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."
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