Craigslist threat nets man prison time
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Note to lawbreakers: Don't threaten the cops on Craiglist.
That's what Adrian Peter Stock, 30, did in February 2011, when he wrote a profanity-laced note on the Internet sales site. It said he was 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."
Stock was angry because Chief Pocsatko gave him a $110 ticket for driving with snow and ice on his rear windshield. Now he'll serve a year and a day in federal prison for transmitting a threat via interstate commerce, a sentence negotiated between attorneys and approved by U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer today.
Stock, of Jeannette, is a father of two who is skilled in electronics, but 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.
"Admittedly, this [threat] appears in a rant and rave section of Craig's List," said Judge Fischer. "I do believe the statements were very serious and indeed threatening."
Stock faces two years of federal supervision after release.
First Published June 29, 2012 12:15 am