Craigslist threat gets man year in prison
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Angry about a $110 ticket, Adrian Peter Stock threatened a police chief on Craigslist -- and on Friday he got a year and a day in prison to stew over it.
Stock, 30, of Jeannette, wrote in a February 2011 post on Craigslist's "rants and raves" page that he had been searching for Irwin Police Chief Joseph K. Pocsatko "with the expressed intent of crushing him in that little ... under cover gray impala hooking up my tow chains and dragging [him] down to creek hills and drowning him in the falls."
The chief had ticketed Stock for driving with snow and ice on his rear windshield. "Admittedly, this [threat] appears in a rant and rave section of Craigslist," said U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer at a sentencing hearing. "I do believe the statements were very serious and indeed threatening."
She agreed to a sentence negotiated by lawyers from both sides which also includes two years of federal probation.
Stock has a 12-year history of convictions for recklessly endangering another person, resisting arrest, fleeing, criminal mischief, terroristic threats, bomb threats, harassment, disorderly conduct and violating a protection order.
He said nothing in his defense at sentencing.
First Published June 30, 2012 12:26 am