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Facebook rant leads to prison sentence

Facebook rant leads to prison sentence

(Cleveland) - A man who had been arrested for drunken-driving has been sentenced to 17 months in prison for subsequent Facebook rants against police and judges.

27-year-old William Bement was sentenced after pleading guilty to attempted retaliation.

The North Olmsted resident was given probation on a drunken-driving conviction on Feb. 5. That's when investigators say he took to Facebook to post comments such as "Stop shooting up schools and start shooting cops in courthouses."

Another said, "Kill your local judges!!!!!!!."

Bement told the judge he was just venting and never intended for anybody to feel threatened. He claims he did it for "shock value."

A prosecutor contends someone else could have read the postings and acted on them.

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