- Justin Carter – is this for real?
After a Facebook friend with whom he played video games described him as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” Carter replied — sarcastically, one imagines — “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He added “lol” and “jk” for good measure. For this he was arrested by Austin police, charged with making a “terroristic threat,” and thrown into prison. He may languish there until the start of the next decade.
Why charge for thisPosted 4 years ago
Seems madness and given the constitutional rightsstilltortoiseSubscriber
Am I surprised that some busy-body reported him? NoPosted 4 years ago
Am I surprised that the police felt obliged to investigate? No
I am surprised his bail was set at $500k, he wasn’t questioned until after a month in jail had passed and his “crime” has a possible 8 year sentence.stilltortoiseSubscriber
This cropped up on my Twitter feed last night. I’ve read the link – and a couple of others – and I refuse to believe it’s for real. There must be something else to the story.
I had a quick search in the forum to see if this had been discussed but found nothing. It’s not a dissimilar story to the Paul Chambers debacle.
Does anyone know if there is anything more to this than is being reported?Posted 4 years agoCougarSubscriber
From elsewhere on the Internet:
His bail: $500,000, according to NPR, an amount his family can’t pay, thus keeping him behind bars as he awaits trial. He could face up to eight YEARS in prison.
Justin was placed on suicide watch last week, his dad says.
“Without getting into the really nasty details, he’s had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection,” Jack Carter elaborated.
“He’s been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he’s depressed. This is extremely traumatic to this kid. This is a horrible experience.”
“He’s become very depressed, very scared, and … concerned that he’s never going to get out of there. He’s pretty much lost all hope.”Posted 4 years agorichmtbSubscriber
Held in custody for any length of time for a clearly joke comment, admittedly in bad taste and not funny, is a travesty.
To possibly sentence him for eight years is ridiculous.
How is his statement “terroristic” in nature. The “threat” is non-specific, is not targeted at an individual and clearly due the hyperbole involved – “eating their still beating hearts” is not serious.
In a free society everyone should have the right to make stupid comments – so long as they don’t target specific individualsPosted 4 years ago
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