Mt. Vernon Register-News

February 14, 2013

Man accused of posting Facebook threat to neighbor

Associated Press


BENTON (AP) — A southern Illinois man is free on bond after being accused of a Facebook posting that threatens the life of a neighbor.

The (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan ( reports that 35-year-old Lyle Payne of Christopher in Franklin County is charged with harassment through electronic communication.

Sheriff Don Jones says the posting he described as a "homicidal threat" was reported Monday, and Payne was arrested a short time later.

Payne could not be reached for comment Wednesday. He has an unlisted home telephone number, and it was not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Jones says the case should demonstrate that people think carefully about what they post on social networking sites, knowing they have to be taken seriously these days.