In part, here's what the Ohio statute says (I've italicized the parts that should be relevant to this case according to the news story):[Â§ 2903.21.1] Â§ 2903.211 Menacing by stalking.
(A)(1) No person by engaging in a pattern of conduct shall knowingly cause another person to believe that the offender will cause physical harm to the other person or cause mental distress to the other person.
(2) No person, through the use of any electronic method of remotely transferring information, including, but not limited to, any computer, computer network, computer program, or computer system, shall post a message with purpose to urge or incite another to commit a violation of division (A)(1) of this section.
(B) Whoever violates this section is guilty of menacing by stalking.
(1) Except as otherwise provided in divisions (B)(2) and (3) of this section, menacing by stalking is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
(2) Menacing by stalking is a felony of the fourth degree
if any of the following applies:
(a) The offender previously has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a violation of this section or a violation of section 2911.211 [2911.21.1] of the Revised Code.
(b) In committing the offense under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section, the offender made a threat of physical harm to or against the victim, or as a result of an offense committed under division (A)(
(2) of this section, a third person induced by the offender's posted message made a threat of physical harm to or against the victim.
(c) In committing the offense under division (A)(1) or (2) of this section, the offender trespassed on the land or premises where the victim lives
, is employed, or attends school, or as a result of an offense committed under division (A)(2) of this section, a third person induced by the offender's posted message trespassed on the land or premises where the victim lives, is employed, or attends school.(d) The victim of the offense is a minor.
(For the full statute, go to http://onlinedocs.andersonpublishing...-h.htm&cp=PORC
and type in "Stalking" in the search window, then click on document 2)
It looks to me like this was a 4th degree felony... I don't know about Ohio, but here in Colorado a 4th degree felony carries 2 to 6 years and $2000 to $500,000. Of course.... I'm only going off of the story in the paper. Who knows what was actually proven in court.