Today a college football fan was sentenced to a year in prison after threatening to kill Ohio State University team members in 2018.
Danny Rippy, who grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan threatened extreme violence at the 2018 rivalry game between the University of Michigan and the Ohio State University. Rippy made the threats via facebook and even specifically vowed to kill then-head coach Urban Meyer and buckeye players. He also threatened a shooting at the school.
The incident caused panic for authorities as they had to try to figure out if he was near the stadium and posing an imminent threat to the 100,000 people inside.
Rippy, who was living in California at the time, also made threats to the Gonzaga men's basketball team 3 days prior to his threats against Ohio State. He went so far as to say they were going to die "one by one".
Judge Algenon Marbley who presided over the case, said that in the wake of mass shootings in years prior, his threats could not be taken lightly. The judge who handed out the sentence via video lectured Rippy on the severity of his actions. While Judge Marbley took into account the defense's plea of mental health issues, he decided on a year long sentence and called the incident “fandom spiraled out of control".
Rippy's actions are not only not normal, they are unacceptable.
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