Man who threatened police during cop's funeral gets prison - WNEM TV 5

Man who threatened police during cop's funeral gets prison

Posted: Updated:
Stock photo Stock photo

An ex-convict charged with using the internet to threaten police attending the funeral of a Detroit officer is heading to prison.
   Deshawn Linton was sentenced Friday to 15 months in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of dispelling false information and hoaxes. Prosecutors dismissed other charges.
   The FBI says Lanton threatened to "drop a bomb" on a St. Clair Shores church Sept. 23 during the funeral of Sgt. Ken Steil, who was shot while chasing a suspect. Investigators say the threat was made on Facebook as the service was streamed live.
   Court-appointed lawyer Rafael Villarruel has said Lanton was exercising his right to free speech.
   Authorities say Lanton has convictions for fleeing and resisting police, and other crimes.

Copyright 2017 Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2018, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.