Authorities said a Florida man has been charged with making death threats against the mother of Tyler Trent, a Purdue University superfan and cancer activist who died Jan. 1.
A Volusia County Sheriff's Office news release said John Matthew Pinkham was arrested Monday at a Deltona, Florida, home and charged with making written threats to kill or injure.
Investigators say Pinkham allegedly posted threats on Trent’s Facebook page after the Purdue super fan's death last week.
In the posts, Pinkham allegedly threatened violence at Trent’s Celebration of Life, which is being held Tuesday, and threatened to kill Trent's mother, the sheriff’s office said.
Pinkham is accused of using an alias, Julie Homan, to make multiple posts on Trent's Facebook page. Volusia County investigators said the threats included:
“just wait until yall hear what I do at his funeral..i promise I will make headlines..i will kill his mother.. just watch I will be talked about forever..this is no idol threat.”
Pinkham was arrested at his home in Deltona, Florida, on Monday afternoon. He was questioned and then charged, the sheriff’s office said.
Making written threats to kill or injure is a felony charge.
Trent's journey with bone cancer drew national attention and helped raise more than $100,000 for cancer research. He was 20 when he passed.
Pinkham was being held on $10,000 bond. Jail records didn't list an attorney.
What an evil person.
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