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Michigan fan gets prison time for threatening to kill Ohio State football players

According to reports, a Michigan fan has been sentenced to one year and one day in prison after he pleaded guilty to threatening Ohio State players and fans during the 2018 game between the Wolverines and Buckeyes.

From Detroit Free Press:

A West Coast man was sentenced to 12 months and a day behind bars Tuesday after he admitted making threats to Ohio State football players and fans during the game against Michigan football two years ago.

Daniel Lee Rippy, 29, of Livermore, California, pleaded guilty earlier this year in federal court in Columbus to a single felony count of making a threat in interstate communications.

He faced up to five years in prison, though prosecutors recommended 15 months plus three years of supervised release. Rippy sought 10 months, essentially the time he’s served in the Franklin County Jail on Jackson Pike, where he’s been incarcerated since February.

According to documents, Rippy was in California on Nov. 24, 2018, when he posted the threats via an online social media messaging site, including intentions to harm or kill “specific players, their family members and the head coach,” according to court documents.

“Your school is going to get shot the f— up and I’m seriously going to hurt the students and all the players from the football team,” he wrote, the documents say. 

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