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Facebook leads to aggravated assault charge

Over the past few years, people have become extremely absorbed by social media networks. South Carolina residents know that one of the most popular social mediums is Facebook. The comfort level has come to a point where people will not filter what they post or upload on the internet. However, in recent news, some unfiltered comments on Facebook may have landed a man in jail for charges of aggravated assault. Sources allege that the suspect attacked a neighbor because he felt that the man's sister posted ill-mannered statements about him on Facebook.

According to reports, the suspect was invited into an apartment by a woman. Allegedly, the suspect told a man at the residence that he had something for the man's sister. Subsequently, the suspect went to his car, grabbed a weapon and returned to the apartment. Authorities claim that the individual proceeded to assault the man in the face.

A little while later, sources allege that the suspect began punching and kicking the man in the apartment building before dragging him to a nearby ally. Court records report that he aimed the gun at the man's head and threatened to kill the individual. He also threatened to kill the man's sister and mother. Why? The suspect was upset because the sister had disrespected him on Facebook.

Ultimately, the suspect was arrested. Currently, he is being held in jail on $250,000 bond.

These days, accusations can escalate from almost anything. People can find themselves facing criminal charges after a simple Facebook post. Violent crimes, such as assault, battery or murder, are very serious. They carry with them harsh legal consequences. A conviction could mean a lifetime in prison. For this reason, if you find yourself in a similar situation as the suspect in this story, you may need to seek legal guidance.

Source: KPRC Houston, "'Disrespect' on Facebook leads to criminal charges," Robert Arnold, April 9, 2012

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