A Virgina woman was arrested for posting a gun selfie on Facebook in response to a misdirected threat.
Kristin Holmes of Chesterfield, Virgina, was arrested Saturday after posting a controversial photo of herself in response to an argument with fellow Facebook users.
After being mistaken for another woman, Holmes posted an image of herself pointing a gun at the camera along with a caption that read
I’ll post a few actual pics of me so you’ll know the difference when you “come find me.”
Shortly after the image was posted to Facebook, a user reported the image to the Hernico Police Department. Holmes claims that her post was not meant as a threat and removed the photo once she realized that the image could come across as something other than a joke.
“What happened to freedom of speech?” Holmes asked NBC12. “And it was just a picture. It wasn’t a threat. I thought it was a funny picture, and then I realized later that it was a little bit intimidating. So I took it down.”
Holmes’ post was believed to be in violation of Virginia Code 18.2-152.7:1, which states that any person with the intent to harass, threaten, or intimidate another individual via computer systems will be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor.
She since then has been charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor that could result in a $2,500 fine and a one-year jail sentence. Holmes has stated that she plans to fight the charge and have the case dismissed.
“Be careful what you post on the internet,” Homles said. “Because you can go to jail for it. Facebook Thugging is a crime.”