Texas man sentenced for threats that caused evacuation of McCook Walmart
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Texas man will spend nearly three years behind bars after threatening to kill a McCook Walmart employee who stopped playing video games with him.
Rogelio Salas Jr., 26, was sentenced Thursday to 33 months’ imprisonment for threatening to shoot employees at the store, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
On Jan. 8, Salas made several calls to the business, saying he had firearms and explosives, according to the attorney’s office.
He also said he would enter the Walmart to kill a specific employee, which led to an evacuation of the business.
An investigation showed that Salas had never actually been in McCook.
Instead, he was down in Texas while making the calls, the attorney’s office said.
Salas had begun threatening and harassing the Walmart employee after they stopped playing online video games with him.
The victim had stopped playing games with Salas because he had been using homosexual slurs, the attorney’s office said.
Salas found the victim on social media and discovered that he worked at the Walmart in McCook.
On July 21, Salas entered a plea deal and pleaded guilty to transmitting threats in interstate commerce, according to the attorney’s office.
The 33-month prison sentence was the longest one allowed under Salas’ guilty plea.
Judge John M. Gerrard noted the “disturbing” frequency of threat cases coming before him recently, the attorney’s office said.
Gerrard issued the sentence because of the fear that the threat caused and because it was all done over a video game dispute, according to the press release.
Once Salas is released from prison, he will serve a three-year term of supervised release.
There is no parole in the federal system.