A Montana boy has received death threats after sharing a Star Wars spoiler with one of his Facebook pals. The much-anticipated seventh installment of the Star Wars series, titled”Star Wars: The Force Awakens” had its premiere on December 14, and was eventually released on Friday, December 18.
During its opening weekend the movie generated revenues amounting to 247.9 million in North America only, its box office results totaling $529 million worldwide.
In fact, the newly launched sci-fi movie is now considered to have had the highest-grossing opening weekend of the last 13 years, as countless Star Wars fans had been eagerly waiting for a new installment ever since Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, released in 2005.
Some have apparently taken their enthusiasm to disturbing extremes. On Thursday, one day before the movie became widely available in theaters, Arthur Charles Roy, an 18-year old from Helena, Montana, found out from a Facebook friend about one of the major plotlines.
Feeling infuriated that someone had spoiled the film for him before he had the opportunity to watch it for himself, Roy decided to punish the offender, by making alarming threats.
More precisely, the young man photographed himself while wielding a gun, and told his acquaintance, a student at Helena’s Project for Alternative Learning, that he would fatally shoot him right on the school campus.
According to prosecutors, during the online chat the teenager also described his weapon a Colt 1911 with an extremely responsive trigger.
Following this menacing exchange, the intended victim immediately contacted a school resource officer so as to alert him about his former friend’s murderous intentions.
As a result, a lockdown was enforced at the alternative institution on the morning of Friday, December 18, due to fears that Roy might indeed carry on with his plans.
Eventually, the would-be gunman was apprehended by authorities later that day and taken into custody during the afternoon.
He has so far retained the right to remain silent, refusing to provide any information when being questioned by law enforcement, after having been counseled by his lawyer to adopt this stance.
His mother however has issued a statement, deploring the fact that the boy had been arrested since the weapon in the Facebook image was actually just a BB gun.
Roy had his first hearing in the Lewis and Clark County Justice Court on Monday, December 21, and has been accused of assault with a deadly weapon. He is currently behind bars, and his cash bond amounts to $10,000.
Image Source: Flickrv