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Mass shooting threat on Facebook lands northern Michigan man in prison

Emmet County

A northern Michigan man has been sentenced after posting a mass shooting threat on Facebook. Thirty-three-year-old Kevin Wayne Hansen was charged with an attempted threat of terrorism. He pleaded guilty.

Emmet County Prosecutor James Linderman says on Nov. 27, 2017, Hansen threatened to kill at least 59 people, referencing the massacre in Las Vegas last year.

Kevin Hansen's Facebook post:

"All you gonna see me in the news. I warned you. Fifty-nine points is how many were scored in Vegas. So that’s the target. Gonna be a fun game, or is it?”

“This is considered a very serious situation when people make those kinds of threats," says Linderman.

He says Hansen was investigated after an informant tipped off the FBI about the Facebook post. He says police did not find anything at Hansen’s home that could be used for a mass shooting. Hansen was arrested in early December.

Hansen’s father, Allen Hansen, says his son has struggled with substance abuse and mental health issues since his teenage years. Allen Hansen says his family has tried to help his son, and he has been in numerous treatment centers.

"I don't approve of his choice," says Allen Hansen.

But he says he does not think his son is a threat to public safety.

"He likes to be vocal, but I don't think he'd ever act on it," he says.

Kevin Wayne Hansen was sentenced to 2 to 5 years in prison.

Morgan Springer is a contributing editor and producer at Interlochen Public Radio. She previously worked for the New England News Collaborative as the host/producer of NEXT, the weekly show which aired on six public radio station in the region.