FAIRMONT - A 19-year-old Fairmont man charged with arson for a fire at Lincoln School earlier this year now faces felony charges for allegedly threatening the investigating officer on Facebook.
According to information from the Fairmont Police Department:
Around 11 p.m. Monday, an anonymous caller reported that Timothy Jude Brickner had just made a Facebook post stating that if he is convicted of arson there will be a "body count" beyond imagination.
The information was forwarded to the investigating officer, who found Brickner's Facebook page, saw the post in question and printed a hard copy of it as well as two other posts from September.
The most recent post claimed Brickner did not set the fire, and he was addressing the investigating officer directly by saying he believed the officer was afraid of him and that he should be if Brickner is convicted of the arson charge. It then stated, "If you succeed I will rack up a body count you cant imagen (sic). ik (a text abbreviation of 'I know') your reading this ..."
The post then went on to say that the officer is wrong about Brickner and asked him to drop the feud between them.
The officer also found a post from September that specifically said Brickner hated the officer. The officer felt Monday's post about "racking up a body count" was a threat to his family and property, along with the safety of children and teachers at the schools.
On Oct. 9, a Fairmont police detective made contact with Brickner at his workplace. Brickner admitted to writing and posting the Facebook posts in question.
Brickner said he was trying to express his innocence in the Facebook post on Monday, and he believed the investigating officer was making him a personal "enemy."
Brickner added that he meant the officer should be scared of sending an innocent man to prison and his "body count" statement was meant to address what he would need to do for self-defense if he was sent to prison,
He further stated he was not trying to personally threaten the officer or his family, but understood how the post could be interpreted that way.
However, Brickner admitted he was hoping the officer would "see reason" and drop the arson charge against him.
Brickner now faces charges of terroristic threats and first-degree tampering with a witness; each charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.