North Jersey man pleads guilty to harassing Congressman Chris Smith
A Plainfield man has pled guilty to an act of cyber harassment against a New Jersey Congressman, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutors Office.
Dereal Finklin, 43, made comments on the Facebook page of Congressman Chris Smith including posting a picture of smith with the caption 'dead man walking'.
Finklin admitted that his purpose in writing the post was to harass the congressman and realized those words were actually a threat to physically injure or harm smith.
He has since pleaded guilty to one count of fourth degree Cyber Harassment in front of Judge Richard W. English.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the State will recommend a sentence of probation, conditioned upon time served, a mental health evaluation and no further contact with Congressman Smith.
Finklin was charged with the offense on July 28 and was remanded to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending trial.
A Monmouth County Grand Jury returned an indictment charging Finklin with 3rd degree Terroristic Threats and 4th degree Cyber Harassment.
Finklin is scheduled to be sentenced in front of Judge English on December 21, 2018.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Martha Nye.
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