Hearing Set for Franklin Man Accused of Posting Threatening Comments on Facebook

| September 11, 2019

FRANKLIN, Pa. (EYT) – A hearing has been scheduled for next week for a Franklin man who allegedly posted several threatening comments on Facebook.

Court documents indicate 25-year-old Nicholas Andrew Benn, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 18, on the following charges:

– Terroristic Threats With Intent To Terrorize Another, Misdemeanor 1 (two counts)
– Harassment – Communicate Lewd, Threatening, Etc. Language, Misdemeanor 3

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, on May 7, Nicholas Benn made a post on Facebook where he stated he had told a known female victim, at a local bar, that he would “split her head open in front of everyone in the bar.”

Multiple comments were posted, including one where Benn made a statement directly to a second female victim that said: “hahaha and I can make one phone call and have you killed,” according to the complaint.

Charges were filed against Benn in Magisterial District Judge Matthew T. Kirtland’s office.

A preliminary hearing for the case has not yet been scheduled.

According to court documents, Benn also waived a preliminary hearing on September 4 in Venango County Central Court stemming from an incident of theft that occurred in July.

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