Stephen Cebula was wrapped up in the online adventures of “Heroes of the Storm” when he apparently decided to deliver a message to his foes. And that's how the 28-year-old Sacramento gamer found himself facing federal charges Thursday of threatening ...
Stephen Cebula was wrapped up in the online adventures of â€œHeroes of the Stormâ€ when he apparentlyÂ decided to deliver a message to his foes.And thatâ€™s how the 28-year-oldÂ SacramentoÂ gamer found himself facing federal charges ThursdayÂ of threatening toÂ visitÂ Blizzard Entertainmentâ€™s headquarters with an AK-47, according to a 33-pageÂ federal indictment.Â Â
In one threat, U.S. District Court records show, he wrote: â€œCareful Blizzard â€¦ I live in California and your headquarters is here in California â€¦ You keep silencing me in Heroes of the Storm and I may or may not pay you a visit with an AK 47 amongst some other â€˜funâ€™Â tools.â€Cebula, who was arrested July 12, told investigators he sent threats to the Irvine-basedÂ company and other players through his Facebook account because he wanted â€œto scareâ€ them, FBI Special Agent Brady Cowan wrote in a federal criminal complaint.
Cebula said he looked up the gaming companyâ€™s address online and mentioned it in one of his threats â€œto give them a sinking feeling that they should be worried,â€ Cowan said.Prosecutor say Cebula also wrote: â€œYou keep silencing people in heroes of the storm and someone who may live in California might be inclined to â€˜cause a disturbanceâ€™ at your headquarters in California with an AK47 and a few other â€˜opportunistic toolsâ€™ ... It would be a shame to [anger] the wrong person. Do you not agree blizzard?â€Cebula told federal investigators the term â€œopportunistic toolsâ€ was designed to â€œlet their minds wanderâ€ and the reference to using an AK-47 was â€œbecause it seemed like the scariest weapon,â€ Cowan said.If convicted, Cebula faces up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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