PROVO — A Denver man accused of threatening to become a mass shooter by "killing as many girls as I see" admitted Thursday to a reduced charge as part of an agreement with prosecutors.
Christopher Wayne Cleary, 27, pleaded guilty in 4th District Court Thursday to making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, deputy Utah County attorney Chad Grunander confirmed.
Cleary was originally charged with a second-degree felony, which carries up to 15 years in prison. He now faces a maximum potential sentence of zero to five years.
Cleary was arrested during a trip to Provo on Jan. 19, the same day women's marches were held in Provo and Salt Lake City. Earlier that day, authorities in Colorado told Provo police about his threatening Facebook posts.
"All I wanted was a girlfriend," he wrote, according to a police affidavit. "All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I'm 27 years old and I've never had a girlfriend … this is why I'm planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I'm ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see."
Cleary told investigators that he was "upset and not thinking clearly" when he made the posts and that he had deleted them because he received threats from people who saw them, according to the affidavit.
Cleary is on probation in Colorado for stalking and threatening women there, according to charging documents.
Sentencing is scheduled for May 23.