A 22-yr-previous California person was sentenced to 66 months in federal jail on Monday right after cyberstalking and threatening to kidnap family of individuals killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Substantial College in Parkland, Fla., federal prosecutors said.
The guy, Brandon Michael Fleury, impersonated the confessed gunman on social media for a few weeks to threaten and taunt survivors of the shooting and victims’ beloved ones. He was discovered responsible in Oct of a few counts of cyberstalking and just one count of transmitting a kidnapping danger.
Sabrina Puglisi, Mr. Fleury’s law firm, stated she was disappointed that the judge did not position Mr. Fleury in a household remedy system, provided that he has autism spectrum disorder. Nonetheless, she said, she was happy the judge’s sentence was substantially reduce than the highest 20 several years that Mr. Fleury had confronted.
“The judge made a potent argument that this form of trolling behavior on the online is not Alright, not acceptable and it will not stand,” Ms. Puglisi mentioned in an job interview on Monday. “He needed to send a concept to prevent folks from doing the exact.”
A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office environment did not instantly react to requests for remark on Monday.
From late December 2018 into early January 2019, Mr. Fleury utilized 13 diverse Instagram accounts to focus on survivors and victims’ people, prosecutors explained. He operated beneath numerous aliases, like Nikolas Cruz, the person who has confessed to killing 17 people at Stoneman Douglas, and Ted Bundy, the infamous serial killer, in accordance to prosecutors.
From his dwelling in Santa Ana, Calif., Mr. Fleury despatched dozens of messages.
In accordance to prosecutors, some of the messages bundled: “I’m your abductor I’m kidnapping you idiot,” “I killed your beloved types hahaha,” “Did you like my Valentines reward? I killed your friends” and “With the power of my AR-15, I take your beloved types away from you Completely.”
He employed Instagram handles that provided “the.douglas.shooter,” “nikolas.killed.your.sister” and “nikolas.the.assassin,” and made use of pictures of Mr. Cruz as profile pictures on the accounts, in accordance to court docket paperwork.
Mr. Fleury expressed remorse in a 25-minute movie that was demonstrated at the sentencing hearing on Monday, Ms. Puglisi stated.
“As you can picture, he just needs to go dwelling,” Ms. Puglisi claimed. “He in no way believed that what he did was unlawful. He considered he was just executing trolling, which is what so several people do on the online. He hardly ever meant to scare anyone, so for him this is obviously a nightmare.”
Mr. Fleury’s father, who elevated his two sons on his personal soon after his wife died about 17 yrs back, spoke at the listening to and apologized to the two victims who ended up current, Ms. Puglisi mentioned.
Mr. Fleury was taken into custody when he was convicted 5 months ago, Ms. Puglisi stated. He was then transferred to a jail in North Carolina, in which his psychological abilities were being evaluated for quite a few weeks.
The choose has recommended Mr. Fleury serve his time at a small-safety prison in Connecticut, a single of only two in the place with a ability-creating software presented to prisoners with distinctive disabilities, his attorney reported.