Acting United States Attorney Robert C. Stuart announced that on March 10, 2017, Richard Killebrew, 37, of Newport News, Virginia, was sentenced for the crime of Cyber Stalking. The Honorable Robert F. Rossiter, Jr., United States District Court Judge, sentenced Killebrew to a 41-month term of imprisonment. There is no parole in the federal system. After his release from prison, Killebrew will begin a term of supervised release of 3 years.
A law enforcement investigation determined that between at least March, 2016, and July, 2016, Killebrew repeatedly used a computer and cell phone to send threatening messages to victims located in the District of Nebraska and elsewhere. In March, 2016, Killebrew used a cell phone to send a text message to a victim located in the District of Nebraska, which contained death threats. Between March, 2016, and July, 2016, Killebrew also posted numerous death threats directed at victims, located in Nebraska and elsewhere, on an internet blog. Phone and internet records obtained by law enforcement confirmed Killebrew had made the threats while he was located in Virginia.
After determining these threats were made by Killebrew, law enforcement arrested him at his residence in Newport News, Virginia. Killebrew was transported back to the District of Nebraska, where he was eventually convicted in the United States District Court, District of Nebraska, for the crime of Cyber Stalking.
The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Omaha Police Department.