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Man Accused Of Making Facebook Threats Pleads Not Guilty

Orange City, Iowa — The Hospers man accused of making a threat on Facebook to kill people and himself has pled not guilty to a charge of First Degree Harassment.

Twenty-year-old Ricky Lee Carver of Hospers filed a written plea of Not Guilty on Thursday (1/24).

He had been arraigned the previous week. The charge is an aggravated misdemeanor.

Carver could face up to two years in prison, or up to a year in jail and a fine between $625 and $6,250.

Court documents give the exact quote from Facebook. Carver typed, ā€œIā€™m gonna loose (sic) it u gonna hear about me killing a bunch of ppl then myself like my family.ā€ The threats were made on Thursday, December 17 (2012).

Both Hospers schools, Hospers Elementary and Spalding Catholic Elementary were placed on lockdown, as were all MOC/Floyd Valley schools.

Carver received a mental evaluation the next day in Sioux City.

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