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Man sentenced to probation for threatening officers on social media

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After originally facing up to two decades behind bars, a Mid-Michigan man will not have to keep off social media after making threats against police.

During the summer the man posted threats on Facebook stating he wanted to kill officers and judges in retaliation to the killing of two black men in Minneapolis and Baton Rouge by police.

Billy Thompson, of Bridgeport Township, pleaded guilty in October to attempting to use a computer to commit a crime. On Monday he was sentenced to five years probation and banned from using social media during that time.

Thompson will also be forced to wear a tether for six months.

His attorney James Gust confirmed police found several threats on Facebook including one where he said "I'd rather kill then be killed" and "I'm going to make sure my sons and daughters have a few less cops and judges in the world to worry about."

Gust also said Thompson was worked up when he made the remarks and never intended on actually hurting anyone.

Some Mid-Michigan residents said he got off too easy.

"It's no different than making a verbal threat to someone and they really need to look at the online activity," Mary Robinson said.

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