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Hyde Park man who is charged with using Facebook to threaten to kill and carve up mixed-race couple ordered kept behind bars to await trial

A federal magistrate judge today denied, again, a request by a Hyde Park man that he be allowed to stay at home, away from the Internet and on an ankle bracelet while he awaits trial on charges he threatened more than just death against a mixed-race couple with whom he allegedly got into a text war on Facebook.

Stephen DeBerardinis, 45, faces one count of transmitting in interstate commerce threats to injure a person, one count of tampering with a witness and victim by intimidation, threats, and corrupt persuasion and one count of tampering with a witness and victim by harassment. He has been held at the Plymouth County House of Correction since his arrest in September.

DeBerardinis was a prominent participant in a "Back the Blue" rally in front of the West Roxbury police station in September, at which police had to pull him out of a brawl with protesters after he tried to punch some of them. He responded to Universal Hub coverage of the event, which included two photos of him, with e-mail threats to "COME FOR YOU HARD HAHAHAHAHAHA."

At a hearing today, his attorney, Jessica Thrall, asked US District Court Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler to release him on bail with conditions that would include he live with his mother in Hyde Park, he not be allowed access to the Internet and that he wear a GPS device. Thrall said DeBernardinis is really a loving family man who just wants to be home in time for his son's first birthday in two days.

She said the fact that nothing happened between the time he allegedly made the threats against the couple - which he denies - and the eight months until his indictment proves he's not going to do anything except show up in court. She pointed to letters of support from members of law enforcement that he's fundamentally a good man and not a threat to the community.

But assistant US Attorney Scott Garland said simply letting him return to the family home would just let him repeat his past behavior - make threats against people and then grow more outraged at them, especially if he learns they've reported him to police. He said that DeBarardinis has had 13 abuse-prevention orders issued against him over the past 20 years - and that he's been convicted of violating 6 of them, once in an incident involving a family member.

Even if he had no computer of his own, he'd still have a phone - and access to the computers and other devices of other people in the house and visitors, on which he could start threatening people again, Garland said.

"He's shown over and over again that these sort of conditions are things he does not obey," Garland said.

Bowler pointed to that as her main reason for keeping him locked up in the Plymouth County House of Correction.

"I don't think I have seen a record with 13 abuse-prevention orders and at least 6 violations," Bowler said.

"The conduct in this case is serious," she said, finding DeBerardnis "a danger to the community." She added that while she does not think DeBeradinis would simply flee the state, she is also not sure he would show up for all of his court appearances.

Innocent, etc.

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As promised, $20 to Adam and UniversalHub. Long time lurker and long time reader. Subscription activated for $5 per month.

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...supremacist in prison for Christmas".

Thank you, Santa.

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Waiting for the inevitable "How do you know he's racist..." posts.

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In fairness, it wasn't me who first suggested that DeBerardinis was racist.

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He wants to be home for his infant son's birthday.

Maybe he should have thought of that before he threatened to torture murder someone else's sons and daughters? Maybe?

With 13 restraining orders his kid is way better off without him, sadly.

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Laughably low bail or personal recognizance for illegal gun possession, shootings and stabbing but this mouth-breathing moron who hasn’t done nothing other than post an idiotic comment on Facebook is too dangerous and doesn’t get bail?

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It went way beyond that. Here, read the indictment - it has a complete rundown.

Plus, there's the whole getting convicted six times for violating some of the 13 abuse-prevention orders he got.

He is, of course, innocent until proven guilty, but the judge didn't just issue her order on a whim.

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Agreed! How dare the judge leave him in prison instead of living w/ his mommy (pure gold that one) and letting him attend his kids party.

He's been treated so harshly by the law. He's only violated 6 of the 13 protective orders against him!

Ahhhh, to be a white male.

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Because anyone who characterizes the alleged statements this individual made as simply "idiotic" is telling on themself.

Not surprising, you've also COMMENTED here without understanding the details of the case, which relate to private messages sent directly to the victims through Facebook's platform, and not a posted comment on Facebook.

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"Letters of support from members of law enforcement"? Thats scary, but perhaps not surprising, that there are all these police officers who support this violent racist. Just a few more "bad apples"?

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of these "members of law enforcement", who think that someone who sends texts saying

"Read up more on me lol ... you will see how me and my crew burn niggers alive," followed by "And white whores like you well.... get rape and killed THAN we cut off body parts and mail them to your family lol."

is "fundamentally a good man and not a threat to the community".

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She pointed to letters of support from members of law enforcement that he's fundamentally a good man and not a threat to the community.

And yet

DeBarardinis has had 13 abuse-prevention orders issued against him over the past 20 years - and that he's been convicted of violating 6 of them, once in an incident involving a family member.

Just the absolute shamelessness of a group that has disproportionately massive rates of domestic abuse, supporting a jackass like this. At this point if a cop says something good about that person, it's really kind of an indication that person has some shady, abusive, racist shit going on.

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The cops in my hometown liked to say how they were just the biggest, most organized gang on the street. They may have had a point.

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And someone needs to find and publish the names of these friends he has in law enforcement to protect the public and get these goons off the street.

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