Prison Time for Making Threats Over the Internet - II
October 16, 2009
Threatening people over the Internet is illegal in the United States. The FBI and other police agencies investigated such a case and found the man who’s now doing the time for the crime.
Mr. Schiff: Threatening people over the Internet is illegal in the United States. The FBI and other police agencies investigated such a case and found the man who’s now doing the time for the crime.
Mr. Snapp: "The FBI obtained a federal warrant for his arrest, charging him with transmitting threatening communications, and thereafter we arrested him.”
Mr. Schiff: Special Agent Thomas Snapp in the FBI’s Bristol, Virginia office.
Mr. Snapp: "I was contacted by one of our local sheriff’s departments. They received a complaint from a major university in the Southwestern United States.”
Mr. Schiff: Snapp says this wasn’t the only complaint received.
Mr. Snapp: "At the same time another county in our territory received complaints from another college/university where this individual, this subject, was doing similar type stuff, and they also contacted us.”
Mr. Schiff: Snapp says the 28-year-old subject pleaded guilty to five counts of transmitting threatening communications.
Mr. Snapp: "The judge sentenced him above the guidelines and sentenced him to 24 months in prison.”
Mr. Schiff: The FBI worked with the Virginia State Police, Big Stone Gap police, and the Wise and Buchanan County Sheriff’s offices. I’m Neal Schiff of the Bureau, and that’s the FBI’s Closed Case of the Week.”