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Alleged "Joker" Threat-maker Neil Prescott Charged with Telephone Misuse

4:49 PM, Aug 1, 2012   |    comments
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Neil Prescott made threats to shoot people at Pitney Bowes, police said.
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  • UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) - The Maryland man accused of making threats modeled on the Aurora, Colorado theater mass shooting is facing only misdemeanor charges.

    Neil Edwin Prescott of Crofton is charged with Telephone Misuse, Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks announced Wednesday.  Alsobrooks said she is limited by Maryland law, and will lobby the legislature for more power to charge suspects in similar incidents with a felony in the future.

    Prescott is accused of calling himself "The Joker" and threatening a mass shooting at a former workplace.  Police confiscated an arsenal of guns, including an assault rifle when they arrested Prescott.

    Prosecutors have determined that he purchased and possessed all of the weapons legally.

    Prescott was admitted to a hospital for mental health treatment.   He will not be allowed to take back the guns, and cannot legally purchase anymore firearms while the charges are pending.   If convicted, Prescott will not be able to purchase firearms in Maryland again, Alsobrooks said.

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