Irwin man sentenced for threatening police chief on Craigslist
By Brian Bowling
Published: Friday, June 29, 2012, 11:26 a.m.
Updated: Friday, June 29, 2012
A federal judge today sentenced an Irwin man to one year and one day in prison for threatening the Irwin police chief in a Craigslist posting.
Adrian Stock, 30, pleaded guilty in March but reserved his right to appeal whether the message was a “true threat” against Chief Joseph Pocsatko. Stock posted a message in February 2011 saying that he wanted to kill Pocsatko and had spent three hours searching for him after the chief gave him a $110 ticket for driving with ice and snow on the windows of his vehicle.
U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer said that while Stock posted the message in Craigslist's rants and raves section, she took the threat seriously. She also sentenced him to two years of probation and ordered him to undergo a mental health assessment.
Assistant Federal Public Defender Tara Allen said that Stock is already receiving anger management counseling as part of his probation on a state charge.
Stock was sentenced under a plea agreement in state court in 2008 for threatening to blow up the Westmoreland County Courthouse. In 2000, he was sentenced for ramming his vehicle into a police cruiser.
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