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Posted at 06:56 PM ET, 08/21/2012

Crofton man who referenced Joker, threatened mass murder released from hospital, turned over to parents

Correction: An earlier version of this item incorrectly stated where Neil Prescott’s parents live. They live in Parkton.

Original item: The Crofton man who police say referenced the Joker as he threatened mass violence against his employer in Prince George’s County was released from the hospital Tuesday and ordered to remain at home with his parents while he awaits further court proceedings, authorities said.

Neil Prescott, 28, faces no electronic monitoring, but a Prince George’s County Mental Health Court judge ordered he only leave his parents’ Parkton home for visits with his lawyers and doctors, said John Erzen, a spokesman for Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. A status hearing is scheduled in the case for Aug. 30, Erzen said.

Prescott faces one count of misuse of telephone facilities — a misdemeanor which carries a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $500 fine — for an incident last month in which he threatened mass murder at the Capitol Heights branch of Pitney Bowes. During one conversation with a supervisor calling to fire him, Prescott said: “I am a joker. I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up,” according to authorities and court documents.

The case initially seemed sinister, as investigators found more than 20 rifles, shotguns and pistols and 40 steel boxes containing ammunition when they raided Prescott’s apartment. But all the guns turned out to be legally owned, and prosecutors said they were handcuffed by Maryland’s lack of threat laws in charging Prescott with a more serious offense.

Erzen said Prescott cannot get his weapons back until his criminal case is resolved, and a conviction for misuse of telephone facilities would prohibit him from possessing firearms.

This post has been updated.

By  |  06:56 PM ET, 08/21/2012

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