Man who sent vile messages to father of school shooting victim is slapped with prison sentence

A California man has been sentenced to a year in federal prison after he sent more then 200 vile online messages to the father of a school shooting victim, the Associated Press reported.

James Catalano, 62, was sentenced on Friday after pleading guilty in March to cyberstalking Fred Guttenberg, whose 14-year-old daughter Jaime was killed in the Feb. 14, 2018, shooting in Parkland that left 14 students and three staff members dead.

From the AP:

Catalano sent Guttenberg messages for eight months starting in December 2021 that celebrated Jaime Guttenberg’s death and reveled in the wounds she suffered. He also mocked the sadness and loss Guttenberg feels and directed obscenities, slurs and disturbing insults to him and his daughter.

Catalano told investigators he was angry at Guttenberg for his outspoken advocacy for stronger gun laws since his daughter’s death. He told them he believed Guttenberg was using his daughter’s death “to push his political agenda” and was “trying to put (Guttenberg) in check by sending him the messages.”

Catalano reportedly sent similar messages to others, of which he has not been charged for.

Sky Palma

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