A California man who despatched 301 threatening Instagram messages to households and pals of victims within the Parkland, Florida bloodbath was discovered responsible Tuesday of cyberstalking and making kidnapping threats.
Brandon Michael Fleury, 21, faces as a lot as 4 years, eight months in jail after a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, discovered him responsible on one rely of transmitting a kidnapping risk and three counts of cyberstalking.
Fleury despatched 301 Instagram messages over a three-week interval final December to households and pals of victims within the 2018 taking pictures spree at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in line with the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.
Messages despatched by Fleury included verbiage like, “Your grief is my joy,” and “I killed your loved ones, hahaha.”
Even extra harrowing within the case, Fleury used social media handles Nikolas Cruz and Ted Bundy to ship his messages. Cruz is charged with the Parkland taking pictures on February 14, 2018, and Bundy was a infamous serial killer.
When the FBI searched Fleury’s dwelling in Santa Ana, Calif., they seized a pill pc that contained not less than 2,000 photographs of Bundy, and prosecutors used that towards Fleury within the six-day trial.
Assistant United States Attorney Jared Strauss mentioned Fleury knew what he was doing when he threatened and trolled these whose family members who died in Parkland, and prosecutors used proof gathered from his pc to color Fleury as somebody able to viciously preying upon the grief of others.
“He knew what his activities were doing [to the victims],” Strauss mentioned of Fleury within the trial. “He just doesn’t feel it, doesn’t care.”
Assistant United States Attorney Ajay Alexander mentioned “It was for the power, control and domination that [Fleury] enjoyed.”
On the protection facet, Fleury’s father and an skilled witness on autism claimed the 21-year-old was an remoted and deeply autistic youngster who liked enjoying with stuffed animals.
As the jury learn the responsible verdict, Fleury’s father wept and shook within the courtroom.
United States District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz dismissed the jury and despatched Fleury into custody of U.S. marshals instantly. At that second, Judge Ruiz mentioned, “I’m very concerned. I don’t think I can, in good conscience, allow him out.”
As marshals led Fleury from the courtroom, his father shouted, “I love you Brandon!”
Fleury’s sentencing date is scheduled for December 2.
Cruz is charged with killing 17 individuals and injuring 17 others within the Valentine’s Day bloodbath at his former highschool. Cruz, 20, confessed to the shootings and faces the demise penalty if convicted earlier than a courtroom. His trial is about to start in January 2020.