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Man Arrested For Sending Threatening Interstate Communications Via Facebook

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 17, 2014

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – This morning FBI agents in the Tampa area arrested Jorge Jimenez for his violation of 18 U.S.C. section 875(c) for sending threatening interstate communications to J.P., an adult male residing in Puerto Rico, via Facebook, announced U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, Rosa Emilia Rodríguez-Vélez.

On December 5, 2013, a federal grand jury returned a true bill that charged Jorge Jimenez, a Florida resident, with making threatening interstate communications via Facebook to J.P., in violation of Title 18 of the United States Code, Section 875(c).

On August 3, 2013, Jimenez transmitted several threatening messages directly to J.P.’s Facebook inbox, as follows:

“Mr. Maurice Spagnoletti had a bachelor of Science (BS) from St. Peter’s (PIERLUISI) College … I WONDER WHO DID THAT HIT … HE WILL HAVE HIS REVENGE. Sincerely, William the Lion.”

“They are going to stick a screwdriver in both the eyes, then they will stick a hot bar in his ass… and to complete the job, they will proceed to cut with a lovely AXE.
after the deed is done, William the Lion asks, What You Gon Do?

The transmission sent to J.P. by Jorge Jimenez included pictures of a decapitated individual, an axe, pictures of eyes, a screwdriver, and made reference to a family member of J.P.

If convicted, the defendant faces up to five years imprisonment, three years of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Luke Cass.

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