Facebook 'massacre' joker: It's been blown out of proportion

Fresh out of a Texas jail, Justin Carter appears on CNN with his family and lawyer and sounds chastened, but unbowed.

Justin Carter, family and lawyer. Screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

"I just think it got taken out of context."

These were some of Justin Carter's first words to the media, after being released on bail, following four months in jail on terroristic threat charges.

His head shaved and his attitude one of guarded relief, Carter explained to CNN's "New Day" that he never thought the comments he made on Facebook would have landed him in jail.

He said:

I certainly would have thought a lot more about what I said and how permanent my writing is and everyone's writing and I just want to make it clear that people should be very, very careful what they say and it's being recorded all the time if you say it on any website anywhere and you can get in trouble for something that's not something you should get in trouble for. And I just want people to be warned.

Some might even see a sarcastic NSA joke slipped in there, to show that he has a very dry sense of humor.

Carter is the 19-year-old Texan who, after a game of "League of Legends," got into a spat with another player on Facebook.

He was called crazy. He then replied that actually he was, in these words : "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."

Most people would have noticed the sarcasm -- especially if it's true, as his family says, that he added "LOL" and "JK" after the comment.

"He got elaborate about it and a little distasteful maybe, but it's obviously a sarcastic response, " one of his lawyers, Chad Van Brunt told CNN.

A woman in Canada did not see the sarcasm. She informed Carter's local police, which led to him being jailed on $500,000 bail.

A mystery benefactor put up the money Thursday for his release.

Justin Carter's ordeal is by no means over.

He was offered a plea deal of eight years in jail -- which to many might be a more precise and serious definition of the word "crazy."

In fighting his case, he now faces the prospect of 10 years in jail, should his lawyers not prevail.

His other lawyer, Donald Flanary, told CNN: "We think that it's outrageous that someone not unlike anyone in this country who is online who says something that may be inappropriate, but is not criminal gets charged with a crime."

Flanary is in an aggressive mood about the case.

He explained: "We can tell it's sarcastic from the comments, so we'll be filing a motion to dismiss the prosecution because it violates his first amendment as applied to him. Going forward on this case is not the right thing to do."

 

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