If you ever happen to find yourself in a situation where you're out of prison on parole, it might be a good idea to stay off Facebook – or at least watch what you say.
A Cuyahoga county, Ohio parolee my have to go back to prison after a judge decided his recent Facebook activity was disrespectful to his victim's family.
In May of 2013, 22-year-old Ryan Fye was speeding – doing thrice the limit – when he lost control of his car and hit a tree. Unfortunately, he was carrying four passengers at the time – and one of them died as a result of the crash. Fye pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular assault and was sentenced to three years in prison.
Fye was granted parole in December, and it didn't take him long to run afoul of the court.
According to a judge, this Facebook post could be enough to send him back:
“Prison didnt break me. It MADE me. Im free. Im a new man. Dont come at me like before. Yes im skinny and muscular now. 7 months of working out everyday. Love my real friends an fam. Shout outs to my fam behind bars. Ill see ya when youre time is near! Miss you brothers!” it read.
According to FOX 8 in Cleveland, the judge called this post a "a violation of the community control sanctions of Fye’s parole".
It's a violation that could reverse his early release. Fye's hearing is scheduled for January 15. According to his lawyer, he wasn't trying to be disrespectful and he feels the Facebook post does not constitute a parole violation.
If you're going to commit a crime, stay off Facebook. If you've just committed a crime, stay off Facebook. And now, we know, even if you've been granted parole after serving time for your crime - stay off Facebook.
Image via Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office