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February 6, 2017

Alonzo Vargas Sentenced to 3 Years of Probation for “Scary Clown” Threats Toward a School

PHOENIX— Alonzo Vargas (D.O.B. 09/24/1998) was sentenced today to three years of supervised probation and 40 hours of community service for one count of interfering with an educational intuition, a Class 6 Felony.

In October of 2016 Vargas posted on social media using hashtags associated with the “scary clown threats” being seen across the nation. The posts also included threats to harm teachers and students at an Avondale high school. The school notified investigators of the threats and they were able to link the posts to Vargas.

Vargas eventually admitted that he did post comments about killing the teachers and students at the school and that he deactivated his account because he did not want to get into trouble. He claimed his actions were a joke meant only for his social media followers.

“This sentence is fitting based on the fear the defendant’s actions created,” said Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery. “Any threat made to the lives of innocent students and the fear that such a threat evokes in children, school personnel and parents will never been seen as a joke.”

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