UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (CBSDC) — Neil Prescott, who referred to himself as ‘a joker’ and made violent threats against his former employer, was charged with telephone facilities and equipment in connection with the incident.
Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said the misdemeanor charge was the only crime Prescott could be charged with under Maryland law.
He faces a maximum penalty of three years in prison and a $500 fine.
Alsobrooks made it clear she believes the charges were insufficient given the nature of Prescott’s threat to load his guns and shoot his office.
“Unfortunately, Maryland does not have a law that makes it expressly illegal for a person to communicate generalized threats over the telephone,” said Alsobrooks.
The State’s Attorney said he should be facing felony charges and said this incident highlights the need for the state to pass legislation that would enforce harsher punishment for telephonic threats.
Prescott has remained under a doctor’s care since being taken into custody last week. A warrant was issued for his arrest, but it will not be served until he is released from the hospital.
The ordeal began last Wednesday when a supervisor at his office called to inform Prescott that his position as a federal subcontractor for Pitney Bowes was being terminated. During that conversation and a subsequent one Prescott made significant threats to the safety of his coworkers.
“I am a Joker! I’m gonna load my guns and blow everybody up!” Prescott said at the time according to court documents.
During the search of Prescott’s apartment, ATF agents recovered 25 firearms including semi-automatic rifles and pistols and several thousand rounds of ammunition.
Base on the evidence seized, police concluded if Prescott wanted to make good on his threats he had the weapons to do so at his disposal.
At the time of he was first taken into custody Prescott was wearing a t-shirt depicting The Joker from the movie “The Dark Knight” which read: “Guns don’t kill people. I do.”