'Joker Teens' Nabbed in 'Terror Plot'

Pair could be dealt 20-year sentence for playing card prank
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 19, 2008 5:46 AM CDT
In this image released by Warner Bros., Heath Ledger starring as The Joker, is shown in a scene with Christian Bale, starring as Batman in "The Dark Knight."    (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Stephen Vaughan)
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(Newser) – Virginia police didn't see the humor of a Joker-inspired prank that terrified dozens of residents, ABC News reports. Two 18-year-olds have been charged with conspiracy to commit an act of terrorism after leaving playing cards with threatening messages on them scattered around their town. Cops say the felony charge—which carries up to 20 years in jail—is justified by the fear the duo created.