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Jeannette Man Pleads Guilty To Posting Threat Against Police Chief On Craig's List

March 6, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Jeannette, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws pertaining to transmitting threatening communications, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Adrian Peter Stock, 30, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Stock posted a threatening communication on Craig's List, in which he threatened to drag a Westmoreland County Police Chief behind his truck with chains and drown him in a local creek.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for July 6, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered the defendant remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.

Assistant United States Attorney Margaret E. Picking is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Westmoreland County Detective Bureau  conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Stock.

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