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Mass. man in threatening rap gets a year in jail

December 10, 2010

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TAUNTON, Mass.—A Fairhaven man convicted of threatening law enforcement officials in a rap video posted on the Internet has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Jason Foley was also sentenced Thursday in Taunton District Court to two years of probation and banned from accessing the Internet or using a computer.

Foley was convicted last week of witness intimidation and threatening to commit a crime.

The 29-year-old Foley was one of five men who appeared in the video, in which prosecutors say a Massachusetts state trooper and a probation officer were threatened by name. The video has since been removed.

Another man, 25-year-old Matthew Rufino of New Bedford, pleaded guilty earlier to threatening to commit a crime and served 90 days in jail.

Lawyers for the men defended the video on First Amendment grounds.

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Information from: The Standard-Times, http://www.southcoasttoday.com