A man who allegedly threatened a shooting at Ohio State University and said he would also target football players is due in court for his first scheduled hearing later this week.
Daniel Rippy was previously indicted in September. He is accused of submitting an “electronic communication” threat from California during Ohio State’s win over Michigan in the final week of the 2018 regular season.
According to the Associated Press, via Local12.com, the 29-year-old Rippy said was planning on “seriously going to hurt the students and all of the players from the football team.” He was arrested last month in California. Today, a federal judge set Rippy’s first hearing for later this week in Columbus.
Last month, WOOD-TV reported that Rippy is proclaiming his innocence. He’s blaming the matter on someone who created a fake profile for him and sent the threatening message.
“He threated to ruin my life so that guy created a profile of me on Facebook and started saying that stuff to Ohio State University,” he wrote, “he threatened to kill my mom he also sent me a picture of his gun through Facebook.”
Rippy reportedly faces a federal charge of “threat in interstate communication.”
Daniel Rippy faces one federal charge of threat in interstate communication.
— WTOL 11 (@WTOL11Toledo) December 31, 2019
Most importantly, the 2018 Ohio State-Michigan game went on without incident. The Buckeyes beat the Wolverines 62-39 to earn a spot in the Big Ten title game.