Daniel Rippy let his emotions get the best of him and now he has to deal with it for the next year.
The California man was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison for threatening a shooting at Ohio State University after he vowed to hurt or kill players on the football team.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office said Rippy made the threat in a Facebook message during the game between Ohio State and the University of Michigan in 2018. Ohio State won 62-39.
According to the indictment, Rippy said, “I’m seriously going to hurt the students and all of the players from the football team.” In separate messages, Rippy also threatened “to injure or kill specific players, their family members and the head coach,” the document said.
“Because of Rippy, law enforcement officials at the stadium were placed on high alert and re-allocated resources to investigate the threat. His words are not without consequence, as illustrated by today’s sentence of imprisonment,” U.S. Attorney David DeVillers said in a statement on Tuesday.
He was arrested in December 2019, bonded out, and then re-arrested when he did not show up at a court hearing.
“I really didn’t mean for any of this. I feel really bad about it. I would never, ever do any act like this,” Rippy said.