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Feds file charges against Dunn man after Facebook post

Posted August 22, 2014

Justin Ontario Pressley

— A federal grand jury in Raleigh this week indicted a Harnett County man on three charges stemming from accusations that sent a threatening message through Facebook to a witnesses in a drug trial.

Court documents allege Justin Ontario Pressley, 28, wrote, "I hope a choppa bullet penetrate ya (expletive deleted) chest soon as u step out dat courtroom" following the July 22 testimony of two men testifying against Pressley's uncle in federal court.

Investigators allege that the message was meant to "to hinder, delay and prevent the testimony of such person in an official proceeding."

According to a criminal complaint, "choppa bullet" is a street term used to describe a heavy ammunition round that can penetrate a bullet-proof vest.

Investigators say in a criminal complaint that when they went to interview Pressley at his home in Dunn, he refused to talk to them. Instead, he posted two additional messages on Facebook while authorities were at his home.

"… The world better pray I stay sane while yall sitting here wanna talk lmao …" he wrote in one message, according to court documents.


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  • grampasbaby Aug 22, 2014

    I honestly cannot believe that making a post, on something as stupid as FB, could be interpreted as threatening. It's a sound off posting board. Maybe I say that I hope Barry croaks. Maybe I say that I hope somebody shoots Barry. I have the right to hope for anything I want. Maybe I say that I want to shoot Barry myself. The desire to do something, in no way, is criminal. Now making plans? Drawing it all out? Contacting helpers? That's different. I honestly wish that Barry would fall over dead right now. This is in no way, criminal. And by the way GOLO, doesn't violate 1 single rule.

  • iron fist Aug 22, 2014

    Making threats is dumb and criminal but post them on Facebook is just stupid. When will people learn not to post every thing they do or think for the world to read?

  • cecil822 Aug 22, 2014

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    He's 28 years old!

  • Tony Spicchiali Aug 22, 2014
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    stupid is as stupid does.

  • ycbs Aug 22, 2014

    This is the only thing I like about Facebook. It helps in getting some of the dumber criminals off the street that much easier.

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 22, 2014
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    Brilliant idea.

  • Wake1 Aug 22, 2014

    If this dude hasn't killed anyone, I can't see that it'll be too long before he does - he doens't seem to care much for the law or society.

  • Titus Pullo Aug 22, 2014

    Facebook. wow.

  • raleighboy524 Aug 22, 2014

    Guy has a way with words. Can't say as much with his thoughts.

  • WakeForestLiving Aug 22, 2014

    This kid needs some help, keep him locked up!