Thousands of miles away, a young California man assumed various aliases on Instagram to send intimidating messages to relatives of students killed in the mass shooting at a Parkland high school, a federal jury in Fort Lauderdale found.
Brandon Michael Fleury, 22, of Santa Ana, Calif., was found guilty Tuesday of cyberstalking and sending a kidnapping threat to families and classmates of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School victims who died on Valentine’s Day in 2018. Fleury faces a maximum of 20 years in prison at his Dec. 2 sentencing before U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz.
According to trial evidence, Fleury used 13 different Instagram accounts under the aliases of alleged Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz, notorious serial killer Ted Bundy and others to target people close to the 17 high school students and staff killed in the mass shooting.
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