☷Phoenix Man Sentenced to Prison for Threatening Arizona Justice of the Peace on Facebook
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Phoenix Man Sentenced to Prison for Threatening Arizona Justice of the Peace on Facebook PHOENIX , Ariz . – Harry Alexander Knight , 54 , of Phoenix , was sentenced today by U . S . District Judge Michael T . Liburdi to 37 months in prison , followed by three years of supervised release . Knight previously pleaded guilty to transmitting an interstate communication containing a threat to injure another person . In 2018 , Knight was ordered by the victim , an Arizona Justice of the Peace , to wear an ankle monitor in connection with pending criminal charges . Knight subsequently cut off his ankle monitor and fled to the State of Washington . Once there , Knight posted a communication on a publicly available Facebook page threatening to physically injure the victim . FBI agents ultimately apprehended Knight in California , at which time he was returned to the District of Arizona to face charges . “Freedom of speech is a fundamental right , ” observed U . S . Attorney Gary Restaino , “but it is not without its limits . Those who weaponize the internet by posting online communications threatening others with physical harm remain subject to prosecution . ” During his period of supervised release , Knight will be prohibited from contacting his victims and will have his internet usage monitored by the probation officer . The FBI conducted the investigation in this case . Assistant U . S . Attorneys Christine D . Keller and William G . Voit , District of Arizona , Phoenix , handled the prosecution . CASE NUMBER: CR - 10 - 00176 - PHX - MTLRELEASE NUMBER: 2022 - 060_Knight# # #For more information on the U . S . Attorney’s Office , District of Arizona , visit http://www . justice . gov/usao/az/Follow the U . S . Attorney’s Office , District of Arizona , on Twitter @USAO_AZ for the latest news .
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