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Florida man accused of threatening Tyler Trent’s family to be extradited

January 10, 2019

The FBI is investigating the case of a Florida man accused of making death threats against the family of Purdue University superfan and cancer activist Tyler Trent, who died last week.

Volusia County, Florida, Sheriff Mike Chitwood told The Daytona Beach News-Journal that 39-year-old John Pinkham will be extradited to Indiana to face federal charges of intent to injure. Pinkham, of Deltona, Florida, was arrested Monday.

Pinkham is accused of making multiple posts using an alias on Trent’s Facebook page after news of the former Purdue student’s death. Authorities say the posts included threats of violence at a vigil at the university in West Lafayette.

Chitwood said Pinkham denied sending the threats and blamed his girlfriend. Trent, 20, drew national attention for his battle with bone cancer.

A lawyer for Pinkham wasn’t listed.

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