Rochester woman pleads guilty to making online threats

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ROCHESTER, NY (WROC) – A Rochester woman pleaded guilty Friday after threatening to shoot two people on Facebook Live.

According to the US Attorney’s Office, Gabygayl Cruz, 21, filmed three Facebook Live videos in June 2021. In those videos, prosecutors say Cruz threatened to shoot a man while broadcasting a black screen. Gunshots were also heard.

A month later, they say Cruz posted another Facebook Live video threatening to shoot a woman at a home on Columbia Avenue, but the woman was not there. Cruz then hit a parked car and fired into the air.

Cruz pleaded guilty to making a threat in interstate commerce and possessing a firearm and discharging a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence. The charges carry a minimum sentence of 10 years, and a maximum sentence of years in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for July 6.

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