One Florida “man” has found himself in some federal trouble for his utterly despicable acts earlier this month.
Monday afternoon, 39-year-old John Matthew Pinkham of Florida was arrested after allegedly making online death threats directed at the family of Tyler Trent, the Purdue superfan whose brave battle with cancer, one that inspired millions, ended New Year’s Day as he passed away at age 20. According to the Daytona Beach News-Journal, the FBI has taken over the case and Pinkham will be extradited to Indiana to face a federal charge of intent to injure, a felony.
Due to the FBI taking over the case, the felony charge Pinkham was facing in Volusia County has been dropped.
In the original complaint, it was alleged that Pinkham posted threats on Trent’s Facebook page directed at the young man’s parents:
- “Cant wait till I can choke the life out of you” … “funerals coming and I will appear like the reaper”
- “just wait until yall hear what I do at his funeral..i promise I will make headlines..i will kill his mother.. just watch I will be talked about forever..this is no idol threat.”
The News-Journal writes that “Volusia investigators said Pinkham posts to the Facebook page threatened that he would shoot up Tyler Trent’s Celebration of Life Ceremony,” which was held Tuesday
Pinkham has denied making the threats and has instead blamed them on his girlfriend.