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Knoxville Man Arrested for Posting Threats to Kill on Thanksgiving Day

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – An individual who threatened in a post on his Facebook page to kill everyone in Knoxville on Thanksgiving Day was arrested earlier today by agents with the Knoxville FBI.  Dale Jeffries II, 43, of Knoxville, Tennessee, was taken into custody shortly before 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at a business in west Knoxville. Jefferies was charged with transmitting threatening communications in interstate commerce. More detailed information on these charges can be found in the arrest warrant and supporting affidavit on file with the U.S. District Court Clerk. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison. 

Jeffries appeared in U.S. District Court this afternoon and was held pending a detention hearing scheduled for Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Members of the public are reminded that an indictment constitutes only charges and that every person is presumed innocent until his or her guilt has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.


Sharry Dedman-Beard
Public Information Officer

Updated November 22, 2017