Would-Be Pokémon Gunmen Held Without Bail

After being arrested last month for threatening a massacre at the Pokémon World Championships, attempted gunmen James Austin Stumbo, 27, and Kevin Norton, 18, have been denied bail during a ‘dangerousness’ hearing today.

According to the Associated Press, they will be held in jail for four months until trial. The judge rejected claims from Stumbo’s lawyer that a Facebook post was “idle online bravado”.

Today’s hearing was to determine if Stumbo and Norton were capable of carrying out their threat of violence on the competition held in Boston. The men’s Facebook threat began with a photo of two rifles atop Stumbo’s car with the caption “Kevin Norton and I are ready for worlds Boston here we come!!!” With this evidence, judge Thomas Horton overruled overruled the defense’s plea.

Assistant Attorney added, “It’s a different scenario than idle chitchat on a Facebook or Twitter account. You’re one step away from carrying those out.”

The two men will have a hearing on September 24th in which the men’s laywers will file a motion to dismiss all charges.

 

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