Instead, they’re ruining this guy’s life.
Based on a Travis County prosecutor’s belief that there was probable cause to charge Carter with a third-degree terroristic threat — which carries a penalty of two to 10 years — a judge issued an arrest warrant. U.S. marshals traced Carter to the drapery shop in San Antonio, where he worked, and handcuffed the cherub-faced, brown-haired teen. Until that point, his only brush with the law was a temporary restraining order two years earlier.After his booking into the Bexar County Jail, authorities discovered that he actually lived in New Braunfels — Comal County. After his transfer there, his bond was increased from $250,000 to half a million dollars.According to Carter’s attorney, Don Flanary, the 18-year-old suffered brutal attacks in the Comal County Jail during the four months he was held there.
Comal County prosecutor Laura Bates and Comal County District Attorney Jennifer Tharp are pushing the charge despite the fact that they don’t even have the entire comment thread to provide context. They’ve also apparently found nothing else to incriminate him. They found no guns, no bombs or bomb-making materials, no written plan of attack, really no indication at all that the comments were anything more than a bad sense of humor, or just bad judgment.
Still, Carter spent months in jail. While he was there, his attorney says he was beaten and sexually assaulted. And he’s still looking at up to 10 years in prison. The fact that the prosecutors at one point offered him a plea bargain with an eight-year sentence suggests they plan to put him away for as long as the law will allow.
It also suggests an utter lack of discretion and sense of propriety among the law enforcement officials in Comal County.