Man convicted of harassing Parkland victims’ families

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FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., after a shooter opened fire on the campus. Parents whose children were killed or wounded during last year’s Parkland high school massacre asked the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019, to rule that each pull of the trigger was a separate occurrence for which the Broward County School Board should be held liable. (Mike Stocker/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A California man has been convicted of using Instagram to harass the families of students killed in a mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Court records show that 22-year-old Brandon Fleury was found guilty in Fort Lauderdale federal court Tuesday of cyberstalking and transmitting a kidnap threat. The Santa Ana, California, man faces up to 20 years in prison at his Dec. 2 sentencing.

Prosecutors say Fleury used 13 different Instagram accounts to target families and friends of the 17 people killed last year at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland.

The accounts used aliases that included serial killer Ted Bundy and Nikolas Cruz, the former student who is charged in the slayings. Fleury sent 301 messages in December and January.

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