INDIANAPOLIS — A Florida man accused of threatening to kill the mother of late Purdue fan and anti-cancer advocate Tyler Trent faces a federal charge in Indianapolis, according to court records.
On Wednesday, a criminal complaint charging John Matthew Pinkham, 39, with threats to injure was filed in U.S. Southern District Court, records show. He initially faced felony charges stemming from the social media threats in Volusia County, Florida, according to the sheriff’s office.
Court records don’t list an attorney for Pinkham.
Using the name Julie Homan, police said Pinkham made threatening comments on Trent’s Facebook page after the 20-year-old died last week, including:
- “Cant wait till I can choke the life out of you”
- “funerals coming and I will appear like the reaper”
- “just wait until yall hear what I do at his funeral..i promise I will make headlines..i will kill his mother.. just watch I will be talked about forever..this is no idol threat.”
Trent’s cancer battle garnered widespread attention for his perseverance and positive attitude. He died of a rare bone cancer on Jan. 1 at the age of 20.