Jury finds man who tweeted mass shootings threat not guilty on felony charges

A verdict has been reached in the trial of a man accused of harrassing someone and making racially charged comments on social media.

GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. - A Grand Rapids man accused of making threats of mass shootings on social media faces several months in jail after a jury found him not guilty on more serious charges.

After a few hours of deliberation Wednesday, June 28, the jury returned a guilty charge against David Lenio for the malicious use of a telecommunications device. It is a misdemeanor that carries a penalty of no more than six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

The 31-year-old Lenio was found not guilty on more serious charges, felonies, including aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime.

The charges stem from Lenio’s online activity involving Jonathan Hutson, a communications consultant from Washington, D.C., who also worked with the Brady Campaign & Center to Prevent Gun Violence.

Lenio was arrested this spring after he tweeted threats of a mass shooting and made threats of shooting people of Jewish descent on social media. The tweets and use of social media were also in violation of his conditions of release out of Montana

The judge Wednesday announced Lenio will be released from jail on a person personal recognizance bond.

Sentencing on the misdemeanor charge is slated for Aug. 17.

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