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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Alabama

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Georgia Man Sentenced for Using Fake Facebook Account to Make Threats against Schools in East Alabama and West Georgia

            Montgomery, Alabama – On Tuesday, October 6, 2020, Levi Calhoun, III, a 29-year-old man from Georgetown, Georgia, received a sentence of 18 months in prison for making threats against schools and conveying false information, announced United States Attorney Louis V. Franklin, Sr. Calhoun was also ordered to serve two years of supervised release after he completes his prison sentence.

            Calhoun had previously pleaded guilty to the charges and admitted that, on November 7, 2018, he created a fake Facebook account to spread several threats that someone would use explosive devices and firearms to attack one or more Eufaula, Alabama and Quitman County, Georgia schools. In pronouncing the sentence, the judge pointed out the disruption and anxiety Calhoun’s actions caused the affected communities, including students, parents, and school administrators. It was also noted that Calhoun utilized images from another Facebook user to create the fake account in an effort to conceal his identity, causing law enforcement to initially seek out and question that individual. Fortunately, agents quickly traced the fake account back to Calhoun and exposed his scheme.

            The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Eufaula Police Department, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, the Georgetown Police Department, and the Enterprise Police Department investigated this case, with assistance from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) and the Alabama Fusion Center. Assistant United States Attorney Eric M. Counts prosecuted the case.

Updated October 9, 2020