A former Carter County man is scheduled to be sentenced in U.S. District Court of Nevada in connection with “cop hater” threats he made on Facebook.
Dustin McCaskill pleaded guilty June  30 to interstate communications with intent to extort. During the court proceedings he not only agreed to waive his rights to a trial, he also agreed to not attempt to withdraw his guilty plea. McCaskill admitted he was guilty and that if he had elected to go to trial federal prosecutors could prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Court documents show McCaskill’s admission of guilt included “knowingly” sending  messages containing threats to injure (law enforcement officers) on a Facebook page he operated under “Colorado Cop Block “and that the site contained a photo of himself. His posts included, “I’m going to advocate the death of police and the FBI and the police are going to watch me do it. Speaking of advocating death if someone was to gun this Oklahoma officer down, I will be the first to donate to his defense fund ....” In addition, he posted, “Let’s do this one more time. I’ll kill an FBI agent or foot soldier if they come at me ...... Now, come arrest me you ******* cowards. I just made a threat. I’m going to be the pigs’ worst nightmare. Come get me.” A subsequent post included, “I’m going to kill an officer or 2 and let them take me out. What the **** are they going to do? Die with me. We can just have some suffering families.”
Natalie Collins, U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Nevada public affairs specialist, said McCaskill is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 8. In the meantime, Collins confirmed, he remains remanded to custody.
McCaskill has been detained by federal authorities since he was arrested by FBI agents outside a Las Vegas casino where he was staying Jan. 15. He used his room at the casino to post threats to his Colorado Facebook “Cop Block” account on Jan. 11,  Jan. 13 and again Jan. 15.
However, the case originated in Colorado Springs where McCaskill had been living and where he was operating several “Cop Block” Facebook sites. One such site was aimed at Oklahoma law enforcement where he had made threats against Ardmore police officers and Carter County deputies.
At the time of his arrest, APD Chief Ken Grace called the federal action “long overdue,” and Carter County Sheriff Milton Anthony described the defendant as “a threat to law enforcement everywhere and a threat to the general public as well.”
McCaskill faces a maximum non-parolable sentence of 5 years and/or a fine of $250,000. The plea agreement also includes his waiver of the right to appeal any sentence within the sentencing guidelines.