NC teen arrested after threatening police on Twitter

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Marcus Sintoni, 19.

LINCOLNTON, N.C. — A North Carolina teenager accused of threatening to kill police officers on Twitter has been arrested.

WSOC reported that Marcus Sintoni, 19, of Lincolnton, faces three counts of cyber stalking after police received a police on Feb. 4 about the suspect’s tweets.

The tweets contained a lot of profanity and were on Jan. 28, Feb. 2 and Feb. 4.

In the first tweet Sintoni wrote, “I’ll kill as many as I can if they catch us or run and kill as many as we can before we get away, lol.”

The second tweet included, “I hate police and I wanna kill police.”

In the third tweet Sintoni allegedly wrote, “I hate police…I know u reading too, so come at me, I’m ready, yo to all police, **** you I wanna kill you. I’ll show my word.”

Police told WSOC they believe Sintoni’s anger stems from a traffic stop on N.C. 16. Two people in the vehicle were charged but Sintoni was not, police said.

Sintoni was placed in jail under a $7,500 secured bond and has court planned for March 25.

Source: WSOC


    • Ray Wint

      Maybe YOU should be target practice. Badges do not grant extra rights and while this boy was out of line, your suggestion that he be summarily executed shows what a rotten human you are too!

      • robert

        the boy should ride the corners route to look at death in real life . it a shame spare the rod an spoile the child now day it child abuse yes sir thair a fine line just bring the kid to church

  • chucky1992

    “NC Teen”… don’t we stop calling them teens after they become adults at 18? I know, technically a person who is 18 or 19 is still in their teens but they are adults and “teen” is normally associated with someone who is not an adult.

  • blake

    What about what he said was illegal last I remember we are allowed to speak our mind in this country he didn’t say he was going to go out and kill them he was speaking about hypothetical situations. He obviously isn’t the smartest guy but unless they are leaving something out on here he didn’t commit any crime.

    • targetsacquired

      Actually, he did. The simple charge he could be charged with is NCGS 14-196.3, and it states:

      The following definitions apply in this section:
      Electronic communication. – Any transfer of signs, signals, writing, images, sounds, data, or intelligence of any nature, transmitted in whole or in part by a wire, radio, computer, electromagnetic, photoelectric, or photo-optical system.
      Electronic mail. – The transmission of information or communication by the use of the Internet, a computer, a facsimile machine, a pager, a cellular telephone, a video recorder, or other electronic means sent to a person identified by a unique address or address number and received by that person.
      It is unlawful for a person to:
      Use in electronic mail or electronic communication any words or language threatening to inflict bodily harm to any person or to that person’s child, sibling, spouse, or dependent, or physical injury to the property of any person, or for the purpose of extorting money or other things of value from any person.
      Electronically mail or electronically communicate to another repeatedly, whether or not conversation ensues, for the purpose of abusing, annoying, threatening, terrifying, harassing, or embarrassing any person.
      Electronically mail or electronically communicate to another and to knowingly make any false statement concerning death, injury, illness, disfigurement, indecent conduct, or criminal conduct of the person electronically mailed or of any member of the person’s family or household with the intent to abuse, annoy, threaten, terrify, harass, or embarrass.
      Knowingly permit an electronic communication device under the person’s control to be used for any purpose prohibited by this section.
      Any offense under this section committed by the use of electronic mail or electronic communication may be deemed to have been committed where the electronic mail or electronic communication was originally sent, originally received in this State, or first viewed by any person in this State.
      Any person violating the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.
      This section does not apply to any peaceable, nonviolent, or nonthreatening activity intended to express political views or to provide lawful information to others. This section shall not be construed to impair any constitutionally protected activity, including speech, protest, or assembly. (2000-125, s. 1; 2000-140, s. 91.)

      So, yea, you can say ANYTHING you want, but since there might be a price to pay for it if you break the law, I think before you speak, you might want to know the laws.

      Of course there are others he could be charged with, since he did threaten a public servant.

      NCGS 14-16.7 is a felony.
      14-16.7. Threats against executive, legislative, or court officers.
      (a) Any person who knowingly and willfully makes any threat to inflict serious bodily
      injury upon or to kill any legislative officer, executive officer, or court officer, shall be guilty of
      a felony and shall be punished as a Class I felon.
      (b) Any person who knowingly and willfully deposits for conveyance in the mail any
      letter, writing, or other document containing a threat to inflict serious bodily injury upon or to
      kill any legislative officer, executive officer, or court officer, shall be guilty of a felony and
      shall be punished as a Class I felon. (1981, c. 822, s. 1; 1993, c. 539, s. 1126; 1994, Ex. Sess.,
      c. 24, s. 14(c); 1999-398, s. 1.)

      LEO can be considered a court officer…so you make the same threats here and let us know how that works out for you….k?

      • blake

        Yes you’re right but none of what was shown on here stated a specific person correct me if I’m wrong. He didn’t say that he was going to go shoot them. They would have to prove that he was trying to abuse, annoy, threaten, terrify, harass, or embarrass. It would be hard to do that because he could always argue that he was just using free speech and that he was just expressing opinions rather than saying he was going to go out and do any of these things. Just because the police get think that he is going to do something doesn’t mean that it’s unlawful. I’m willing to bet if he get a decent lawyer he will get off. As far as me making threats I believe making threats I’m good if I have a problem with someone I’ll handle it. So being smart towards me when all you done was googled the law and pasted it doesn’t make you some amazing lawyer. I personally think the guys an idiot just from his mug shot. I’m willing to bet that you’re some no life computer tough guy.

      • Tony Johnson

        I agree that the law is more then a slippery slope. It’s a jagged mountain face and one kid just fell all the way down it. I would think a good lawyer could have this charge dropped because it’s ridiculous and baseless…. The kids words were not targeted at any individual so I fail to see how this accounts for stalking. NC has some silly laws in place which allow for law enforcement / government officials to punish those who speak badly about them. That’s all this is. Syria / North Korea anti government style repression in a so called “conservative” state. Well I have always said conservatives are the worst hypocrites of them all. The law should be considered against first amendment.

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