The Columbus man accused of threatening to put an ex-porn star’s “bloody head on a stick” and post it online pleaded not guilty to the charge Friday in federal court.
Brian Blankenship, 25, was indicted Wednesday on the allegation he transmitted in interstate commerce a communication threatening to injure an identified individual. The offense carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years’ supervised probation, a prosecutor said.
FBI agents said Blankenship used email and the social media tool “Periscope” to send threats to “Malena Morgan,” the former actress’ stage name.
According to an Aug. 27 complaint, Blankenship sent Morgan a video message referencing the Aug. 26 on-air shootings of a Virginia television news crew, and threatened to use live-streaming on Periscope to show his “opening fire on Malena Morgan” and swore he would “end Malena Morgan’s life.”
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Federal agents said Blankenship also used the address email@example.com to send Morgan five messages on Aug. 20 making threats such as “when you walk out of your house and see me it will be to late”; “as soon as I have a clear shot when I see you”; and “you’re next periscope will be your bloody head on a stick bank on it b****.”
The suspect in other emails told Morgan “I hope you have protection … I have a 9mm and a shotgun your dead b**** and you won’t see me coming” and claimed he would “periscope you’re undoing it’s raw and I will take my own life after you’ve life is gone.”
The FBI arrested Blankenship at 8:17 p.m. Oct. 8.
In a Twitter exchange with the Ledger-Enquirer, Morgan wrote that she no longer appears in pornographic films, having retired in 2013.
Her biography on the Internet Movie Database (www.imdb.com) says she’s 24, “grew up in the Midwest coast of Florida” and first worked as a hostess at a Cracker Barrel restaurant. She went to modeling school at age 13 and graduated high school in 2008 before moving to Los Angeles, where at age 20 she became a nude web-cam model and eventually began appearing in explicit hardcore movies. She was the Penthouse magazine “Pet of the Month” in November 2011.