Jury: GR man accused of threatening Jews online guilty of misdemeanor

Mug shot of David Lenio. (March 3, 2017)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A jury has found a Grand Rapids man accused of making online threats against Jewish people guilty of a misdemeanor charge.

Wednesday, a jury found 29-year-old David Lenio guilty of malicious use of telecommunication device. He was found not guilty of aggravated stalking and using a computer to commit a crime.

Lenio was arrested on Feb. 24 after police say he made mass shooting threats and threatened to shoot Jewish people via his Twitter account.

In 2015, Lenio was also arrested after a Twitter rant threatening school children and Jewish people caught the attention of Jonathan Hutson, a spokesman in Washington D.C. for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. Shortly after the tirade, Lenio is accused of moving guns to his house. He is still awaiting a trial on felony intimidation charges in Montana.

The judge told the Kent County prosecutor Lenio will be released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.

Lenio is scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 17. He faces up to six months in prison.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story has been clarified to show that the misdemeanor charge against Lenio might not directly relate to the accusation against him of making online threats against Jewish people.