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, “I’m gonna loose (sic) it u gonna hear about me killing a bunch of ppl then myself like my family.” 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.