Facebook Threats Land Baldwin County Man in Prison | Crime
Facebook comments landed a Baldwin County man in prison for five years.
On August 9, 2012, Steven Martin posted a comment on Facebook describing his "desires" to be famous, and felt the only way to accomplish this goal was to walk into an elementary school and shoot someone.
The threat did not name a specific name or location.
The Milledgeville Police Department was tipped off about the post and immediately arrested Martin.
Martin received the maximum sentence of 5 years, with the first two in confinement and the remainder on probation.
Fred Bright, the District Attorney for the Ocmulgee Judicial District, said the sentence sends a "no-tolerance" policy.
"We don't want to take a chance when you're dealing with school children. We'll do anything and everything to protect our children," said Bright. "In the 32 years I've been in the District Attorney's office, this is the stiffest sentence. Five years, two years in prison, he'll be watched like a hawk," he added.
Martin will not be allowed to own weapons or explosive materials, must stay away from all schools, and not post on any social media sites.
He is also subject to undergo mental health evaluations and enter the Baldwin County Adult Treatment Court Collaborative when he is released.
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