Federal prosecutors accuse NC man of making online threats

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Posted: Feb 21, 2017 3:41 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have accused a North Carolina man of posting threats against non-Muslims online.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District said 27-year-old Garrett Grimsley, of Cary, appeared before a magistrate on Tuesday.

An affidavit said Grimsley posted a message online last Sunday telling readers "don't go to Cary tomorrow." In a private message, a witness says Grimsley said "For too long the (non-Muslims) have spit in our faces and trampled our rights. This cannot continue. I cannot speak of anything. Say your (prayers), sleep, and watch the news tomorrow. It will only be the beginning . . ."

A search of Grimsley's home turned up an AK-47, four 30-round magazines and approximately 340 rounds of ammunition.

If convicted, Grimsley faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.