A Florida man who made death threats through social media against a prominent Christian organization has been sentenced to 6 months in Federal prison.
Chase Davis, 21, made the threats against American Family Association through the Facebook Messenger, threatening to “kill every single person who runs your group.”
i am coming to tupelo unexpected with a group of people and we are going to kill every single person who runs your group,” he wrote, followed by:
“you are the most disgusting people in america. i have put together a group to have you pieces of [expletive] obliterated into dust. yes, i literally mean killing all of you. you people are nothing but disgusting, warn out, and old excuses of human life.”
As the posts were made on Facebook, AFA contacted Facebook and asked them to take action, but were told the threats did not violate the company’s policies.
“We asked Facebook to handle this, and weirdly,” Vitagliano says, “Facebook said that threatening to kill everyone at AFA did not violate its policy.”
In addition to the 6 months, once released Davis will have an additional 3 years of federal probation. He was also ordered to pay nearly $1500 in restitution for costs the AFA incurred to protect its employees after the threat was issued. Davis will also have to participate in drug and mental health treatment and perform 400 hours of community service.
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