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Former UMD Student Sentenced for Online Threats

Alexander Song was sentenced to three years supervised probation.

A former University of Maryland student who made an online threat to go on a campus shooting rampage was sentenced to three years of supervised probation in Prince George's County Circuit on Thursday, according to a news release from the county State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks.

Alexander Song, who was 19 when he made the threats in March, was charged with a misdemeanor of  disturbing the orderly conduct of activities, administration or classes. He pleaded guilty in August. Song made the threats in a chat room and on a user generated news website.

“We are pleased with the sentence handed down to Mr. Song today,” Alsobrooks said.

If Song violates his probation, he would face the possibility of  serving the three-year prison sentence.  He is also not allowed to possess a firearm. Song remains banned from the University of Maryland campus.

While making threats via phone or email is illegal elsewhere, Maryland does not have a statute prohibiting threats communicated over the phone or Internet. Alsobrooks's office is drafting legislation that would change that.

The General Assembly convenes again next January and Alsobrooks said she plans to work with legislators to get such a bill passed.

“This case and the case of Neil Prescott underscore the need for a communicating threats statute,” Alsobrooks said. “I want to ensure that we have the tools to treat these threats with the seriousness they warrant.”

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