Bloomfield man faces federal charge for alleged online threat
FARMINGTON — A 19-year-old Bloomfield man has been charged by the FBI for allegedly making online school shooting threats.
A federal criminal complaint filed on Thursday against John Williams charges him with transmitting in interstate commerce communications containing threats to injure others, according to a U.S. Department of Justice press release.
Williams is accused of replying to a school shooting threat on Feb. 15 with a slang term that means "Let's do it," according to the press release.
The federal charge has a maximum sentencing of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted, the press release states.
Williams' alleged comment was in support of a Facebook post made by a 17-year-old male accused of posting "only 2 months into 2018 and already we got 29 school shootings. (Expletive) it my turn," on Facebook, according to court documents.
Area law enforcement officials received a tip on Feb. 15 about the social media post the juvenile is accused of making and investigated the claim.
It led to Charlie Y. Brown Alternative School in Bloomfield being evacuated and cleared on the morning of Feb. 16 due to the school's history with both suspects.
Both Williams and the juvenile had been charged on the state level with a petty misdemeanor count of interfering with the educational process.
Williams will be transferred into federal custody to face the federal charge, according to the press release.