STAMFORD, CT – Some think that social media groups and online forums are a free-for-all where they are free to express themselves however they wish. Those people often cite their right to freedom of speech as their free pass to threaten or otherwise act out on these online groups.
A Stamford, Connecticut man learned the hard way that this is not that case when he was indicted today by the United States Department of Justice for making online threats. Kendall J. Sullivan, 50 is being charged with three counts of making threatening communications online. Sullivan made the threats on three separate dates on metalthrone.net making statements threatening to injure certain people or groups of people.
“Israel, God and Synagogues. I will kill them. I have a few “Houses of Satan” in my Town… If these Jews truly believe in their god Satan, I will upset their world. I will slaughter them and burn their Synagogue to the ground . . . kids, goldfish, old folks… Shove money down their throats. These Jews of 2016. They think they are safe,” Sullivan stated on May 29, 2016, the indictment states.
Around two weeks later, on June 10, 2016, Sullivan allegedly told another user, I am going after YOU..Your Family, Wife, kids, Grandkids, Gold Fish . . . I am warning YOU, I will go after YOU. As I get older, I just don’t give a damn . . . I will meet you in Westport at the Carvel! And then I will shoot or run over you . . . it is not just YOU, but your fellow Satanists I want to track down and kill.. I will use YOU to find others…And Kill them . . . You are a [expletive] JEW! . . I want to kill you . . . If only that . . . Name a place . . . You are Satanic and must be destroyed. Wifes [sic], kids, Dogs, Cats, Goldfish . . . . All destroyed.”
The threats continued, with on July 5, 2016 Sullivan stating, “[I] Am prepared to shoot YOU on sight! And shove Money down your dead [expletives]…Hole. Humans who define their entire existence thru that price tag – They are not human beings but Demons and must be destroyed…I am looking forward to my death thru Jesus Christ. I will be Free. I will be understood. Afterall, I am a Warrior of Jesus Christ and want to be his Soldier.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation — FBI and the Stamford Police Department obtained and executed a Federal Search Warrant and State Risk warrant at Sullivan’s home. During the search they located an arsenal of firearms, ammunition and firearm components. Sullivan was charged in state court for the unlawful possession of the unregistered high-capacity magazines and was arrested.
“We are confident that our efforts and the collaboration with all law enforcement partners may have averted a horrific hate crime from occurring,” said Patricia M. Ferrick, Special Agent in Charge of the New Haven Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We will continue to respond quickly and investigate those responsible for spewing threats against all members of our community.”
Sullivan remains in custody for the state weapon charges and due to the federal laws preventing threatening messages by phone, text, email, mobile messaging or any through any other online medium. If convicted as charged Sullivan will face up to five years for each of the three counts.
The case remains under investigation by the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Stamford Police Department.
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