Shirlena Barnes faces serious charges after making a post on her Facebook.
Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach claims that Barnes was threatening an officer and his child.
Barnes only referred to the person in her post as ‘Mike.’
Barnes could face up to 25-years in jail if convicted.
A 51-year-old woman in Marion County is facing absurd charges after making a post on her Facebook. Shirlena Barnes has been charged with Class 2 felony aggravated intimidation of a peace officer and Class 3 felony intimidation to cause physical harm.
What goes around comes around.
On September 17, Barnes made a post to her Facebook page that read, “This thirsty bitch Mike out here on the same on bullshit.”
In the comments section of the post, Barnes wrote, “But this bitch don’t believe that what goes around come around and when you got kids of your own.”
According to Marion County State’s Attorney Matt Wilzbach, Barnes’ post showed that she had the intent to cause another person to perform or not perform any act, he or she communicates directly or indirectly a threat of physical harm to the person threatened or to any other person.
Wilzbach claims Barnes was threatening an officer’s child.
The person that Wilzbach claims Barnes was trying to intimidate is an officer in the area. Wilzbach claims that by writing, “what goes around comes around,” Barnes was threatening an officer’s child.
Wilzbach is claiming this threat was directed towards a particular officer, but Barnes only used the name ‘Mike.’ She never used his last name, or even referred to Mike as being an officer.
According to X95, while the original post did not mention an officer, a post made 22 minutes later ties into the threat. The post reads, “Okay now, So as a tax payer we are paying our city police officials to go do their own personal thing, while they are on duty in the police cars, go to the store get them some groceries,attend Birthday party,sat at someone house for 2 hours at the Picnic table. I’m just saying.”
Barnes was arrested shortly after making the posts.
Shorty after Barnes made the two posts; she was arrested and charged. The 51-year-old woman would have to pay a $5,000 bail to be released from jail for possessing to be such a serious threat to an officer of the law. Since Barnes has no charges on her record, Judge Kevin Parker allowed Barnes to be released from jail after posting a $500 bond.
Tomorrow at 9:00 am, Barnes will be in court again. In Illinois, a Class 3 felony intimidation to cause physical harm can face a penalty of 5 to 15 years in jail. A Class 2 felony aggravated intimidation of a peace officer carries a penalty of 2 to 10 years in jail. Meaning, Barnes, a 51-year-old woman with no criminal record, could face up to 25-years in jail for a post she made on Facebook in the land of the free.