A MAN who bought a gun and planned to shoot up a Kentucky high school was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Wednesday.
Dylan Lee Jarrell, 22, was sentenced to 120 months after he posted about a plan to shoot up a high school in May 2018, prosecutors said.
He was charged with making threats to and intimidating two people on social media, illegally possessing a firearm in advance of one of the threats, and lying to an FBI agent during an investigation, the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Kentucky said in a news release.
Prosecutors said Jarrell first posted about a plan to shoot up a school on an anonymous Reddit account more than two years ago.
He wrote, “RIP Dylan and Eric,” referring to the shooters of Columbine High School in 1999, the New York Daily News reported.
FBI agents went to Jarrell’s house and asked him about the account, and he “lied,” investigators said.
Over a the coming months, prosecutors said Jarrell bought an AR-15 rifle, magazines, ammunition, and body armor – which he planned to use in an attack on Shelby County High School.
He sent messages on social media, threatening two separate individuals on September 24 and October 17, 2018.
In the first instance, Jarrell sent a series of messages to a person identified as DB and threatened to attack them.
The second set of messages — sent to a person identified only as KB — were “racially motivated,” prosecutors said.
Cops then confronted Jarrell on October 18, and after searching his phone and investigating, he was arrested.
The now-22-year-old admitted to planning the high school and purchasing the gun as part of the plot, according to officials.
He was charged by a federal complaint on October 26, and was indicted by a grand jury on May 2, 2019.
Jarrell pleaded guilty on November 22, 2019.
On Wednesday, prosecutors announced that Jarrell was sentenced to 10 years in prison.
“The seriousness of Jarrell’s crimes and the danger he presented to the public certainly justify the sentence he received,” US Attorney Robert Duncan, Jr said in a statement.
He will have to serve a minimum of 8.5 years in prison – or 102 months, according to federal law.
After he is released, the US Attorney’s Office said Jarrell will remain on probation for five years.
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