California man admits making violent threats online

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a Southern California man has pleaded guilty to making online threats to kill law enforcement personnel and others at a Los Angeles-area courthouse, a school and a private business.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says John Patrice Hale, who used the online moniker “Frost K Blizzard,” entered his plea Monday to one count of making threats to injure in interstate commerce.

Officials say the 43-year-old’s posts in May 2017 made repeated references to ISIS, though authorities have not uncovered any evidence linking Hale to international terrorism. One threat prompted the evacuation of the Inglewood Courthouse.

Investigators did not identify a motive.

Hale faces five years in federal prison when he’s sentenced Oct. 29.

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