South Bend Man Sentenced to 15 Months Imprisonment
For Using the Internet To Make and Send A Threat
SOUTH BEND – Acting United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, Clifford D. Johnson, announced that Isaiah Deonte Jovan Beavers, 26, of South Bend, Indiana was sentenced before South Bend District Court Judge Jon E. DeGuilio after entering a guilty plea for making a threat using the internet and sending a communication that contained a threat.
Beavers was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment and 2 years supervised release.
According to documents filed in this case, Beavers made a series of postings on social media referencing a rally scheduled in South Bend on July 9, 2016. There were a series of posts made by Beavers on July 7, 2016 with him stating he would attend a rally with bottles that had gasoline in them. The posts also include images of a gun, flames and buildings where Beavers added “lets burn this b**ch down”. Beavers also transmitted an electronic communication that contained a threat to injure another person and knew it would be viewed as a threat. He specifically posted an image of a person who appeared to be wearing a riot helmet and face shield. A hand is holding a revolver and material can be seen in the image blowing out of the back of the person’s head. The image said, “Speak to Cops in a Language They Understand”. Beavers was arrested before the rally took place and has been detained since his arrest.
This case was the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives; the South Bend Police Department; the St. Joseph County Police Department; and the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office High Tech Crimes Unit. This case was being handled by Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth M. Hays.
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