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August 7, 2013

Local man sentenced for FB comments

MILLEDGEVILLE — Social media comments landed a local man with prison time Tuesday.

Steven Martin received the maximum state penalty for terroristic threats after pleading in Baldwin County court.

“He got the maximum sentence on the case which is five years two in prison,” Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit Chief Assistant District Attorney Stephen Bradley said.

The defendant is also required not to have any weapons or explosive materials, must steer clear of schools and not post on any social media sites. Bradley said the local man would undergo mental health evaluations and enter the Baldwin County Adult Treatment Court Collaborative when released. 

Martin claims that he didn't mean or intend any of these threats. 

“Because of many events we've all seen throughout the country is not something that we want to play with. The good news is there was no evidence that he was planning or preparing for any violence. This appears to be comments made in isolation nonetheless the nature of the comments are pretty disturbing,” Bradley said.

Bradley said this is the only time he's seen this type of case.

“I hope I don't see it again,” he said.

The Milledgeville Police Department (MPD) arrested and charged Martin for making terroristic threats after they read a post he made on Facebook last August.

MPD said an officer read a post on Facebook Aug. 9, 2012 that talked about "shooting up a school." Maj. Reginald Hill of MPD said he received a call from another law enforcement agency tipping local police off about the matter.

While the threat did not specify a school or location, the post states Martin's desires to “be famous and taken care of” and “get a free ride” and to achieve celebrity he may “shoot someone.”

MPD charged Martin for threats targeting elementary school-aged children and  picked him up several hours later walking down a city road.

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