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POSTING THOUGHTS ON FACEBOOK SENT HIM TO JAIL

We live in an era of social media where people post their thoughts regarding just about anything and everything. Sometime posting your thoughts can get you in trouble with the law as evidenced by recent news regarding a man on parole in Ohio.

An Ohio man released from prison last month after serving a term for vehicular homicide has had his probation revoked because of something he posted on Facebook, the Associated Press and FOX 8 report.

Ryan C. Fye, 22, served seven months of a three-year sentence after pleading guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault. Fye was driving 60 mph in a 20 mph zone when he lost control of his car and hit a tree in March 2013, and one of his four passengers died in the crash. Fye, who lives in Lorain, was released in December.

Then he posted this on Facebook, accompanied by a photo of himself holding up his middle fingers: “Prison didnt break me. It MADE me. Im free. Im a new man. Dont come at me like before. Yes im skinny and muscular now. 7 months of working out everyday. Love my real friends an fam. Shout outs to my fam behind bars. Ill see ya when youre time is near! Miss you brothers!”

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle ruled that the post was disrespectful toward the family of the 22-year-old man who died and violated the community control sanctions of Fye’s parole. The judge called Fye’s actions “‘outrageous’ is insufficient to constitute a probation violation.”

Frye faces a hearing Jan. 15, and he could end up serving all of the three-year sentence.

When posting your thoughts on-line please take care to consider who might read your post and how it could effect affect your legal rights and possibly your freedom.