A Utah man who threatened to kill “as many girls” as he could may possibly escape a jail sentence after prosecutors agreed to recommend probation.
CBS Denver reports that 27-year-old Christopher Cleary, who wrote a threatening Facebook post on how he planned to become “the next mass shooter” in January 2019, may be released from jail after striking a plea deal, but a judge must first agree to the terms.
In January, Clearly announced he was a virgin who never had a girlfriend, then blamed women for his issues. After posting the threatening rant on Facebook, numerous people contacted authorities, prompting a manhunt.
“All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that. All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I’m 27 years old and I’ve never had a girlfriend before and I’m still a virgin, this is why I’m planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I’m ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see.”
Police tracked Cleary’s cellphone and arrested him at a McDonald’s restaurant in Provo, Utah. The suspect told police he wasn’t “thinking clearly” and was upset when he posted the Facebook message.
Christopher Cleary set off a manhunt when he posted a Facebook message threatening to kill "as many girls as I see" in retaliation for years of romantic rejection. Cleary's plea deal with Utah prosecutors appears to fit a pattern of lenient punishments.https://t.co/s7Bqrcdkka pic.twitter.com/pVzgPXbS5H
— NWA Democrat-Gazette (@nwademgaz) May 22, 2019
In April, he pleaded guilty to attempted threat of terrorism. Although the charge is a felony and punishable by up to five years in prison, prosecutors recommended probation, which will spare the defendant additional time behind bars. He’s been in jail since January 19.
If a judge approves the probation sentence, it will be the second time Cleary has avoided a jail sentence. Previously, a Colorado judge gave him a break in sentencing after numerous female teens and women accusing him of harassment and threats. He was charged with for felony stalking and threats, and given a probation sentence.
Deputy Utah County Attorney Douglas Finch said a plea deal was agreed upon in order to secure a felony conviction against Cleary, which in turn can help Colorado authorities get possible get a prison sentence for Cleary’s probation violations.
Since 2012, Clearly has been accused of a slew of crimes, including threatening to blow up a store for not cashing his check, stalking eight people, threatening to slit the throat of someone who towed his car, and threatening to shoot up a mental health facility.
Clearly will find out his fate on Thursday. He’s scheduled to appear before a Provo, Utah, judge on Thursday.
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[Feature Photo: Christopher Clearly/Police Handout]