California Man Indicted for Making Threats Against Blizzard

California Man Indicted for Making Threats Against Blizzard

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After making threats to injure Blizzard employees, a California man was arrested and indicted.

No matter how upset you are over a game or how it's being run, making threats to the developer of said game is not a good idea, as one California man learned this month. According to a press release from the US Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of California, 28-year-old Stephen Cebula of Sacramento, CA was indicted by a federal grand jury yesterday for making threats against Blizzard employees.

The press release states that,

"According to court documents, between July 2, 2016, and July 3, 2016, Cebula transmitted messages over the internet to Blizzard Entertainment, in which he stated that he 'may or may not pay [Blizzard] a visit with an AK47 amongst some other 'fun' tools,' and 'might be inclined to 'cause a disturbance' at [Blizzard's] headquarters in California with an AK47 and a few other 'opportunistic tools.'"

Celbula remains in custody after being arrested on July 12, and will be arraigned July 26. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

It saddens me to see that people still don't realize that your online actions still have consequences.

Direct threats of violence, not covered by first amendment.

Congrats dude, you're about to get REAMED in court.

aegix drakan:
Direct threats of violence, not covered by first amendment.

Congrats dude, you're about to get REAMED in court.

Depends. On these kinds of things, often if investigation shows that the threats were hollow and the person makes a real effort to express regret in court, they can get off with relatively light sentences, like public service and probation. It always depends on the judge, but there is certainly precedent for seeing if the person can cool off and realize what they did was incredibly dumb.

Let's just hope that everybody involved in the case are aware of whats going around them and not all sitting around playing pokemon on their damn phones.

Nice. I wish this happened more often. I wish this happened to everyone who made these types of threats, regardless if they're made to a game company or not.
Granted, there would be a LOT more people in prison and paying fines, but maybe people would finally figure out that this is not okay. Throw the book at him for all I care.

A good start, maybe some of the ridiculous piss and vinegar in the game sphere can be beaten out one justified legal case at a time.

I am ENTIRELY done with people who think that it is okay to spew whatever nasty shit they want online, especially the imbeciles who do it on an identity that can be tracked.

grigjd3:

Depends. On these kinds of things, often if investigation shows that the threats were hollow and the person makes a real effort to express regret in court, they can get off with relatively light sentences, like public service and probation. It always depends on the judge, but there is certainly precedent for seeing if the person can cool off and realize what they did was incredibly dumb.

I mean, he lives locally to Blizzard, and the acquisition of a gun literally just requires him to take a short trip down to a Walmart in Nevada. The threat is entirely plausible for him to carry out.

I'd imagine it'd be more likely for him to dodge repercussions if he were a teen living in New York. Not a grown adult living locally to the place he's threatening to shoot up, while having easy access to guns.

Unless he's a minor, then he definitely should be punished. Anyone above the age of around 16 should know that you don't make death threats.

Sure wouldn't be sad to see this guy get everything he has coming to him, the more examples to people that you can face extreme consequences for threatening violence, especially over the internet, the better.

Too bad it wasnt Florida Man. This would have been a nice addition to His legend.

Kibeth41:

grigjd3:

Depends. On these kinds of things, often if investigation shows that the threats were hollow and the person makes a real effort to express regret in court, they can get off with relatively light sentences, like public service and probation. It always depends on the judge, but there is certainly precedent for seeing if the person can cool off and realize what they did was incredibly dumb.

I mean, he lives locally to Blizzard, and the acquisition of a gun literally just requires him to take a short trip down to a Walmart in Nevada. The threat is entirely plausible for him to carry out.

I'd imagine it'd be more likely for him to dodge repercussions if he were a teen living in New York. Not a grown adult living locally to the place he's threatening to shoot up, while having easy access to guns.

Unless he's a minor, then he definitely should be punished. Anyone above the age of around 16 should know that you don't make death threats.

I mean, that's not THAT short of a trip. Similarly, I'm relatively sure that Walmart only sells handguns and shotguns and stuff in the ones that still do. To the best of my knowledge, getting an AK-47 requires going to a gun store or gun show.

Otherwise, yeah, it happening more than once and being more detailed than "I wanna blow up Blizzard" makes it a lot harder to dodge repercussions.
Even if the threat of violence itself isn't valid, the prosecution may try and stick charges for intimidation and other such things.

Fool! Blizzard is clearly a cold-based creature! You need fire damage to do any good!

OT: Wow, that was really...really stupid. Seriously, what was he thinking?

Areloch:

I mean, that's not THAT short of a trip. Similarly, I'm relatively sure that Walmart only sells handguns and shotguns and stuff in the ones that still do. To the best of my knowledge, getting an AK-47 requires going to a gun store or gun show.

Otherwise, yeah, it happening more than once and being more detailed than "I wanna blow up Blizzard" makes it a lot harder to dodge repercussions.
Even if the threat of violence itself isn't valid, the prosecution may try and stick charges for intimidation and other such things.

It's about a 5-6 hour drive from Cali to Nevada. That's a pretty short trip, in my opinion.

And I doubt he'd be picky about the choice of gun if he was going to shoot up Blizzard. I think his main concern would be bypassing Cali's gun laws.

Yeah, I guess he wouldn't be able to get an AK, but my point is more than that it's entirely probable for him to shoot up Blizzard.

I feel like especially in the time we live in now where mass shootings/attacks are becoming horrifyingly frequent he will probably be hit pretty hard by the law. He should have just written an angry letter about how he's never going to buy their stuff again because of Tracer's Butt. That would get their attention.

Good. I live locally to Blizzard HQ (10 minute drive) and I certainly don't want any more of this taken lightly considering all that's currently happening.

Makes sense. You can't take these threats lightly. At least not in the US where every fuckin' idiot can get a gun.

"According to court documents, between July 2, 2016, and July 3, 2016, Cebula transmitted messages over the internet to Blizzard Entertainment, in which he stated that he 'may or may not pay [Blizzard] a visit with an AK47 amongst some other 'fun' tools,' and 'might be inclined to 'cause a disturbance' at [Blizzard's] headquarters in California with an AK47 and a few other 'opportunistic tools.'"

The wording alone tells me he was full of shit, but that doesn't excuse threats of death.

Kibeth41:

I mean, he lives locally to Blizzard, and the acquisition of a gun literally just requires him to take a short trip down to a Walmart in Nevada. The threat is entirely plausible for him to carry out.

Kibeth41:

And I doubt he'd be picky about the choice of gun if he was going to shoot up Blizzard. I think his main concern would be bypassing Cali's gun laws.

If that's his main concern then he can buy locally for a price and be ready to open fire in a fit of mentally challenged rage in under an hour.
This state is hilarious.

I'm curious if he was playing Overwatch or Hearthstone.

Voxoid:
Let's just hope that everybody involved in the case are aware of whats going around them and not all sitting around playing pokemon on their damn phones.

I mean you say that but didn't someone get arrested for doing the same thing to people playing pokemon on their damn phones? The making a threat I mean.

MerlinCross:

Voxoid:
Let's just hope that everybody involved in the case are aware of whats going around them and not all sitting around playing pokemon on their damn phones.

I mean you say that but didn't someone get arrested for doing the same thing to people playing pokemon on their damn phones? The making a threat I mean.

I don't quite understand what you mean. Who threatened people playing pokemon?

infohippie:
I'm curious if he was playing Overwatch or Hearthstone.

Surely this is about World of Warcraft's Legion pre-patch drama? I mean I'm pretty sad about the changes they made to Disc priest... (not as sad as this guy, obviously, because I'm sane)

Voxoid:

MerlinCross:

Voxoid:
Let's just hope that everybody involved in the case are aware of whats going around them and not all sitting around playing pokemon on their damn phones.

I mean you say that but didn't someone get arrested for doing the same thing to people playing pokemon on their damn phones? The making a threat I mean.

I don't quite understand what you mean. Who threatened people playing pokemon?

I can give you links through PM if you're really interested. But between the two, you have a pair of knuckleheads that thought making threats would be a good idea; with all the attacks that are currently front in center on the news.

Real smart people there.

Sniper Team 4:
Nice. I wish this happened more often. I wish this happened to everyone who made these types of threats, regardless if they're made to a game company or not.
Granted, there would be a LOT more people in prison and paying fines, but maybe people would finally figure out that this is not okay. Throw the book at him for all I care.

More people in prison has reduced the occurrence of so many crimes. All those people in prison for drugs has really cleaned up the streets, for example and today drugs are a distant memory (except the FDA approved drugs).

 

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