Making a threat can get you into trouble with the law, even if you have no intention on following through with them. Words are not just words, especially when another person fears for his or her life or the lives of others.

In a March 9 report, it is stated that a Minnesota man has been sentenced to a year in prison and an additional three years on supervised release after he threatened to blow up a mosque in Minneapolis. The man pleaded guilty to the charge against him on Nov. 30. The charge was for obstruction, by threat of force, the free exercise of religion.

The court documents show that the man had mailed a letter to the local Islamic Center in Sept. 2015. It stated that he planned to blow up the building and all the immigrants that it held. The letter specifically called out Islam and used anti-Muslim language.

The man sent the letter anonymously, however, there were fingerprints. When the religious leaders took it to the authorities, they were able to identify the man’s identity and discovered that he used to live near the mosque. Presently, he is identified as homeless. He admitted to writing the letters when approached by the authorities, and he reportedly stated that he issued the threat to stop construction that would expand the religion’s affiliated structures in the area.

If you make a threat, even if it’s empty, another person can go to police if he or she fears for his or her life or the lives of others. It’s a good idea to speak with a legal professional if you’re accused of making threats, so you can defend yourself against any and all charges against you.

Source: Guns.com, “Minnesota man gets 12 months for threatening to blow up mosque,” Jennifer Cruz, March 09, 2017