I still can't figure out why the hell they're torturing this kid (who's already been beaten up several times), unless it's just another ambitious Texas prosecutor who doesn't care who he has to hurt to get ahead. On MSNBC, Carter's attorney said the DA is offering Carter a plea bargain -- with an eight-year sentence. As Chris Hayes says, this makes no sense:
Justin Carter, a 19-year-old who was arrested for writing allegedly "sarcastic" messages on Facebook, is out on bail, according to MSNBC.
We've reached out to one of Carter's lawyers, Chad Van Brunt and Don Flanary, for comment.
Carter, an avid gamer, got into a spat with a fellow League of Legends player on Facebook a few months ago. After being provoked and told he was "messed up in the head," Carter fired back with a startling comment:
I think Ima shoot up a kindergarten / And watch the blood of the innocent rain down/ And eat the beating heart of one of them.
His father says the messages were followed by "lol" and "jk" to show Justin was joking. But a woman who was startled by the messages notified authorities. Carter was arrested in February and had an initial trial in Texas' Comal County in April.
There, the judge set Carter's bail sky-high at $500,000 and charged him with making a "terroristic threat." The third-degree felony could have led to a 10-year jail sentence.
Meanwhile, Carter's father says his son fell into a depression and was beaten up behind bars.Carter's family could not afford to pay the high bond. But a pro bono lawyer who is also representing the Carter family, Don Flanery, tells MSNBC that an "anonymous good Samaritan" paid $500,000 to free Justin Carter this afternoon.