GJ Man Found Guilty of Facebook Threats
MESA COUNTY, Colo.- A Grand Junction man is convicted of making threatening online comments toward Grand Junction Police officers and their families.
According to the Department of Justice, 31-year-old Kenneth Wheeler was found guilty Thursday, following a four-day trial.
Wheeler was convicted on two counts of sending interstate threatening communications. He faces a maximum of five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine, per count.
Officials say Wheeler made posts on Facebook telling his 'followers' to kill specific police officers, as well as their families and children.
He also posted instructions for people to kill children at a local daycare.
At the time he sent the messages, Wheeler was in Italy. In fact, he stated his belief that he couldn't be prosecuted for the posts, because he wasn't physically in the U.S. while making them.
Wheeler was arrested at Grand Junction Regional Airport when he returned home.
He is scheduled to be sentenced on Jan.15.