Woman's Facebook Post Lands Her In Jail (VIDEO)

Twenty-six-year-old Kristin Holmes of Chesterfield, Virginia, got into an argument on Facebook. It happens. With all the things our Facebook "friends" post, it's more challenging to stay out of a debate than be in one. But this Facebook argument had Holmes responding in four-letter words and with a threatening photo, which landed her in jail.

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And you thought having your photo reported and removed from Facebook was bad!? Holmes learned quickly that "Facebook thugging" is a crime. Oh yes. Big trouble. Not only did Holmes get into an argument with some Facebookers who confused her with someone else, but she went as far as to threaten these commenters and included a photo of herself holding a gun with the quote: "Ill [sic] post a few actual pics of me so you know the difference when u 'come find me.'"

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Someone skipped reporting her to Zuckerberg and went straight to the cops. Holmes was charged with harassment by computer, a misdemeanor, and sent to Henrico County Jail.

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I know many people who would have been sent to jail for harassing others on Facebook, though I have never seen a photo of the harasser with a gun. Perhaps this is what did Holmes in. She even admits that the photo was a bit intimidating. "What happened to freedom of speech?" Holmes wondered to NBC12. "And it was just a picture. It wasn't a threat. I thought it was a funny picture, and then I realized later that it was a little bit intimidating, so I took it down." But it was too late because what was once on the internet lives forever somewhere and the cops saw the photo and in the slammer she went.

This isn't exactly a joking matter since Holmes's crime could get her up to a year in jail plus a $2,500 fine. She's fighting the charges, but this time without any threats or obscenities.

What do you think should happen? Should people be arrested after threatening others on social media?

 

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