Facebook Post Lands Parolee Back Behind Bars

He was sentenced to 3 years after speeding led to crash that killed passenger
By Elizabeth Armstrong Moore,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 8, 2015 8:16 AM CST
Facebook Post Lands Parolee Back Behind Bars
Picture from Ryan Fye's Facebook post.   (Courtesy of the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office)

(Newser) – "Prison didnt break me. It MADE me," wrote Ryan Fye on Facebook last month, beneath a photo of himself with both middle fingers extended, soon after he was released early from a three-year sentence. "Im free. Im a new man. Dont come at me like before." The judge in his case—he killed one of his four passengers while speeding in 2013—wasted little time in sending the 20-year-old right back to prison, ruling that the post was disrespectful to the victim's family and violated the terms of his parole, reports Fox8. "You get released from jail after six and a half months and this is the first thing you do," the victim's father complains to NewsNet5.

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"It wasn't a good idea," admits Fye's attorney. But he adds that "committing a crime is a probation violation, not abiding by the rules is a probation violation. Mr. Fye didn't do any of those things." He says the post was merely a response to a threat made on Facebook. Judge Richard McMonagle, who retired at the end of last year, set a hearing for next week so that a new judge can determine whether Fye should serve the rest of his sentence as a result, reports the AP. (One teen's Facebook comments risked sending him away for two to 10 years.)

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