According to the parents of the 19-year-old facing eight years of prison for making threatening Facebook comments, jail has been a horrible experience for Justin Carter. Maybe that sounds like a no-brainer, but listening to the specifics of what Justin Carter is undergoing while jailed is heartbreaking.
Yesterday, we learned that Carter is on suicide watch in solitary confinement. But there’s more to it according to NPR. Carter seems to be “suffering quite a bit of abuse” according to Carter’s parents.
“Without getting into the really nasty details, he’s had concussions, black eyes, moved four times from base for his own protection…he’s been put in solitary confinement, nude, for days on end because he’s depressed. All of this is extremely traumatic to this kid. This is a horrible experience,” Carter’s father, Jack, told the NPR.
Carter is currently in jail because he jokingly told another League of Legends player that he was “going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts,” followed by “lol” and “jk”.
He was charged with making terrorist threats and is currently awaiting trial. If convicted, he can face up to 10 years in prison according to NPR. The bail, meanwhile, is set at $US500,000, which Carter’s attorney says he has “never seen” despite representing murderers, terrorists, and rapists in the past.
A new hearing is scheduled for July 16th, at which point Carter’s attorney will bring up the issue of abuse.