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Fargo man facing felony charge after police say he made threats on Facebook

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Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo man faces a felony charge after police say he made threats on Facebook.

According to a police report, 22-year-old Devon Murray says he was trying to scare a teen bully into leaving his 15-year-old brother alone.

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Murray is charged with Terrorizing, a class C felony, punishable by up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

I spoke with his mother today, and while she says his comments were out of line, he was just trying to stick up for his brother.

Jami Sell says her 15-year-old son has dealt with bullies for years.

In July, after he left a comment on a girl's Facebook page, she says he faced harassing, demeaning comments from classmates - one boy in particular.

Jami Sell/Murray’s Mother: "I guess you can only take so much before someone wants to step in."

She asked her older son, Devon Murray, to stick up for his younger brother.

What followed got the 22-year-old in some hot water.

Ryan Younggren/Asst. State’s Attorney: "Basically we had some Facebook postings that were threatening someone."

Enclosed in court documents are copies of several profanity-laced Facebook comments aimed at the teenage boy.

They show repeated threats, like "I'm not going to beat you up, I'm going to put your mouth on the curb." and "I'll take prison time if it means beating the life out of all you."

Sell: "I told him Devon, you need to take those down. They were a little overboard. Well, way overboard."

He did, but they had been saved and the boy's mother contacted the police.

Younggren: "With Facebook, it's an unbiased witness."

According to the police report, Murray was apologetic, admitting that his comments got out of hand, and were only made to scare the kid.

Sell: "It was scare tactics, Devon wouldn't hurt a fly. He was just sick of seeing what those kids were doing to his brother."

The police report also recommended that the juvenile in this case, the one Murray was threatening, be charged with harassment.

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Becky Parker
Becky Parker - Becky Parker joined the WDAY 6 News team in July of 2012. She was born and raised in Williston, North Dakota.  She graduated from North Dakota State University with a degree in broadcast journalism and a minor in political science.   At NDSU, Becky served as News Director for ‘SU TV News, the university’s first ever student-run newscast. She was also an anchor and reporter for the organization.   Before coming to WDAY, Becky was reporting for Lakeland Public Television at their Brainerd, MN bureau. She also spent internship hours at WDAZ in Grand Forks and KVRR Fox in Fargo.   If you have story ideas or questions, please e-mail Becky at bparker@wday.com
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