Local man found guilty for posting threatening messages online

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DENVER, Colo. (KKCO) A jury rules that no matter where you are, if you post threatening statements on social media you may be prosecuted.

Kenneth Royal Wheeler, 32, was found guilty of two counts of sending interstate threatening communications after he posted threatening Facebook posts while in Italy.

Among the posts were instructions for people to kill children at a local daycare, calls to followers to kill specific Grand Junction Police officers along with their families, and a belief that, because he was in Italy, he was unable to be prosecuted.

Wheeler was arrested at the Grand Junction Airport once he returned to the United States. He now faces up to five years in federal prison, and up to a $250,000 fine, per count, for each of the two counts he's been charged with.

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