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Kentucky man who threatened school shooting sentenced to 10 years in prison

2020-07-11

A Kentucky man who bought an AR-15 rifle and plotted a school shooting on Reddit was sentenced to 10 years behind bars Wednesday.

Dylan Lee Jarrell, now 22, was arrested in October 2018 and charged with making threats to and intimidating two individuals over social media, illegally possessing a firearm in furtherance of one of those threats, and lying to an FBI agent during an investigation after a New Jersey woman reported his anonymous social media account to authorities.

In May of that year, Jarrell had posted a series of messages on Reddit “suggesting he was planning a school shooting” at his alma mater, Shelby County High School, according to the Department of Justice.

“RIP Dylan and Eric,” he wrote, referring to Columbine shooters Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris.

Another message, “Im about to do it better than Cho,” was seemingly about Virginia Tech mass shooter Seung-Hui Cho, according to prosecutors.

Questioned by the FBI, Jarrell lied about his online presence, the DOJ said.

In August 2018, Jarrell purchased the AR-15, bump stock, ammunition and body armor.

Over the next few months, Jarrell sent private messages to someone identified only as D.B., who he threatened to kill.

In October 2018, he followed up with “racially motivated harassing messages” to K.B., believed to be New Jersey mom Koeberle Bull, who turned him in to the police.

“Hiding behind anonymous social media accounts to intimidate and threaten others is a prevalent issue in today’s world,” Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown of the FBI Louisville Field Office said in a statement.

“After Jarrell lied to federal agents and continued making threats online to both individuals and a school, FBI and KSP investigators successfully intercepted him before a potential mass casualty took place. As this case illustrates, the FBI and our law enforcement partners take online threats seriously and will work together to bring these perpetrators to justice before they harm any citizens of the Commonwealth.”

Jarrell was arrested at home on Oct. 18, 2018, where police said he was heavily armed and had a detailed plan of attack.

He pleaded guilty to the charges in November.

“Nothing is more paramount to our agency than the safety of Kentucky’s children,” Rodney Brewer, Commissioner of Kentucky State Police, said in a statement.

“We hope this sends a strong message to anyone who would contemplate a harmful act in one of our schools.”