Facebook post lands Ohio ex-inmate back behind bars

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 1:00 PM

ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) — A man convicted in a fatal car crash and released early from prison has ended up back behind bars after an Ohio judge and the victim's family took issue with a post he made on Facebook.

Ryan Fye's post included a photo of him making an obscene gesture and a message saying, "Prison didn't break me. It MADE me."

Fye, 22, of Lorain, had been sentenced to three years in May. The post was made shortly after his release last month.

The message upset relatives of the Elyria man killed in the March 2013 crash. A judge found it disrespectful toward the family and concluded it violated sanctions imposed on Fye.

Defense attorney Michael Stepanik told local media that Fye didn't violate probation or the law. Fye was responding to a Facebook threat from someone who said they "couldn't wait to bump into" him and that prison ought to have made him tough, Stepanik said.

"It wasn't a good idea," Stepanik told WEWS-TV in Cleveland. "Committing a crime is a probation violation, not abiding by the rules is a probation violation. Mr. Fye didn't do any of those things."

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Stepanik is challenging the judge's decision to put Fye back in custody. He argues that the posting isn't related to the rule Fye is accused of violating, which deals with how he conducts himself in court and with probation officers, The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria reported.

A hearing is scheduled next week for another judge to decide whether Fye has to continue serving his prison sentence.