Michigan man sentenced to probation for threatening to kill children and Jews


(JTA) — A Michigan man who used Twitter to threaten to kill children and Jews in mass shooting attacks was sentenced to two years of probation.

David Lenio, 29, was credited at his sentencing Thursday in Grand Rapids with time served for the four months he spent in jail following his arrest in February and his trial, which ended in June. Lenio was convicted on malicious use of telecommunications, but the jury acquitted him on two felonies — aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime.

He had released from prison on his own recognizance following the trial.

In addition to probation, Lenio was ordered to stay away from synagogues and schools and not to use computers, Fox17 in West Michigan reported.

His father said his son suffers from mental illness, according to Fox.

Leno was arrested in 2015 in Montana for making similar threats, and released to his parents in Grand Rapids with the condition that he not use social media.

The threats made on Twitter when he was in Montana included a tweet saying he wanted to execute 30 or more grade school children — to exceed the number killed at Sandy Hook in December 2012.

Lenio also posted tweets about shooting up a synagogue, and that he wanted to put two bullets “in the head” of a rabbi or Jewish leader, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.


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