Man Gets More Than 5 Years’ Prison For Harassing Parkland Victims

FT LAUDERDALE,Fla (AP)– A California man that gets on the autism range was punished Monday to greater than 5 years behind bars for cyberstalking households of Parkland, Florida, college capturing victims.

UNITED STATE District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz enforced the sentence on 22- year-old Brandon Fleury of Santa Ana, California, declining a demand by district attorneys for the optimum 20- year sentence.

Fleury was founded guilty by a court in October of 3 matters of cyberstalking and also one matter of transferring a kidnapping danger.

Trial proof revealed that in between December 2018 and also January 2019, Fleury made use of a number of Instagram accounts to intimidate and also pester households of victims of the Valentine’s Day 2018 capturing at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, which left 17 dead and also 17 injured.

In some messages, he declared kinship with and also also posed shooting offender NikolasCruz In others, he conjured up the names of well known serial awesomes such as Ted Bundy.

“I killed your loved ones hahaha,” one message claimed. “Did you like my Valentines gift? I killed your friends,” claimed one more.

One of his customer names was “nikolas.cruz.killed.your.sister,” court documents reveal. One message from that account claimed this:

“Hahaha she had her whole life ahead of her and I STOLE IT FROM HER,” according to court records.

“The victims lived in constant fear that the individual bombarding them” with the messages would certainly comply with in Cruz’s footprints, Assistant UNITED STATE Attorney Ajay Alexander claimed in court documents. “The victims deserve justice. They deserve to live in peace and with the belief that they are safe and secure.”

On Fleury’s digital gadgets, authorities additionally located hundreds of conserved pictures of Bundy, pictures of the targeted victims and also screenshots of the messages that he had actually sent out the victims.

“The danger that Fleury poses is clear and if given the opportunity, there is a real danger that he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of the very mass murderers and serial killers that he idolizes,” Alexander claimed.

There was adequate statement at Fleury’s test that he is autistic, although a number of psychological health and wellness professionals claimed he did recognize right from incorrect.

Yet his lawyer, Sabrina Puglisi, claimed she had actually really hoped the court would certainly offer higher weight to his psychological concerns in enforcing a sentence.

“I think that it’s a high sentence given Brandon’s background and other similarly situated cases, but I believe that the judge felt the need to have the sentence send a message to others that are out there on the internet doing this bad behavior,” Puglisi claimed.

Meanwhile, Cruz, 21, deals with the execution if founded guilty in the Parkland capturing. His attorneys have actually claimed he would certainly beg guilty for a life prison sentence, yet district attorneys have actually denied the deal.

Cruz’s test is anticipated to start at some point later on this year.