Today, the parents of Justin Carter, the 19-year-old League of Legends player facing eight years in prison for threatening Facebook comments he made, took to television today to plead for their son’s innocence. “He’s very depressed, he’s very scared… and he’s very concerned he’s not going to get out. He’s pretty much lost all hope,” said a visibly shaken Jack Carter, father of Justin, during a CNN interview this morning.
The Texas teen, who has been jailed for five months, is currently on suicide watch in solitary confinement according to his mother. “It’s very hard, to hear your child… hopeless,” said Justin’s mother.
“At first I was completely shocked. I thought it was a joke. I couldn’t believe the person who called me, I told them they had to be kidding” Jack Carter said, recalling the news of his son’s arrest. “When I realised he wasn’t, I literally broke down crying, walked off the job I was on and I had to have a friend pick me up downtown because I couldn’t drive.”
Justin’s father went on to fully acknowledge the gravity of Justin’s comments, but made a plea for common sense.
“He’s a good kid. He didn’t mean it. It was a joke, and he would never hurt anybody.”
The parents have secured a law firm to take on the case pro bono.