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Man gets probation in Hall school terroristic threat case
Devon Major

A former Lanier Charter Career Academy student who took his terroristic threat case to the Georgia Supreme Court last year was sentenced to probation Thursday in Superior Court.

Devon Major was charged after threatening to get “the chopper out and make Columbine look childish” in September 2014 on a Facebook post.

A chopper is a slang term for a gun, and the 1999 Columbine shootings killed 13 people in Littleton, Colo.

He received four years of probation under the First Offender Act, attorney David Hoffer said Thursday. If Major follows the terms of his probation, the case will be discharged by the court.

“I think he’s very happy to have it behind him. It’s almost two-and-a-half, three years old. He was a much younger kid when that all happened,” Hoffer said.

Major’s attorney Walker Rick argued before the Georgia Supreme Court the terroristic threat statute was vague, overbroad and violated his client’s First and Fifth Amendment rights.

Rick said the post was a “statement of frustration” about overcrowding at the school.

The Hall County District Attorney’s Office argued the man’s post was a clear threat of violence.

The terroristic threats statute was upheld in May.

“It is well established that recklessness requires a person to act with ‘conscious disregard for the safety of others,’” Justice Carol Hunstein wrote in the unanimous decision. “Therefore, contrary to Major’s assertions, recklessness clearly requires an analysis of the accused’s state of mind at the time of the crime alleged.”

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