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Mich. man banned from social media after police threats

Associated Press

Saginaw — A Michigan man who authorities say made online threats about killing police officers and judges has been banned from using social media for five years.

The Saginaw News reports the punishment was part of a sentence handed down Monday for 33-year-old Billy R. Thompson of Saginaw County’s Bridgeport Township that included five years of probation and wearing a GPS tether for six months.

Thompson was originally charged with using a computer to solicit murder. In October, he pleaded guilty to attempted use of a computer to commit a crime.

Prosecutors say Thompson posted threats on Facebook in July following the killings of black men by police in other states. An attorney for Thompson, James Gust, has said Thompson “kind of got worked up” but wasn’t trying to harm anyone.