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Two Found Guilty of Plot to Harm District Judge Using Facebook

Police said two men threatened to harm a judge, and one sought to obtain a rifle for the act.

(Patch file photo)
(Patch file photo)
Two men have been convicted of threatening to injure a judge, and authorities used Facebook postings as evidence against them.

Zachary Ryan Mitchell, of Brooklyn Park, and Justin Ray Ferrell, of Curtis Bay, each pleaded guilty to threatening to injure a state official, according to online court records.

The Baltimore Sun
reported Mitchell and Ferrell met at a drug treatment facility, sharing Facebook messages online that joked about harming a judge. 

But the threat escalated when police learned through a confidential informant that Mitchell planned to buy a rifle, according to The Sun.

Anne Arundel County police said the informant told them Mitchell had attempted to buy a rifle, saying he would use it to kill Anne Arundel District Judge Danielle Mosley, who presided over a theft case of Mitchell's in 2012.

Ferrell and Mitchell were each sentenced to three years in prison for the incident.

Read the full story on The Baltimore Sun.
Steven Spiegel December 10, 2013 at 10:45 AM
I don't understand how stupid these kids now days can be using Facebook to talk about harming someone . Why not go on Eyewitness news with the info.

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