Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty To Threatening To Kill Police Officers On Social Media
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Arthur Jordan, 24, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to interstate communication of threat to injure before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that on July 6, 2016, the defendant used social media to threaten police officers. Specifically, using Facebook and the screenname “MacBmw Jordan” posted, “Let’s Start Killin Police Lets See How Dey Like It.” On July 14, 2016, the defendant possessed a loaded firearm while walking in the City of Buffalo.
On May 3, 2018, Jordan was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison in Erie County Court following his plea to Attempted Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.
“It is fitting that this plea was entered during National Police Week,” said U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “The courageous and professional men and women of state and local law enforcement need to know that they have the support and thanks of the United States Attorney’s Office and the entire Department of Justice. A threat to any one of them is a threat to our system of justice.”
Today’s plea is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 9, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.