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A man who dress up like iconic Batman villain The Joker and threatened to “start killing people” while livestreaming himself at a St. Louis bar more than two years ago was sentenced last week.
Jeremy Garnier, 51, pleaded guilty to a third-degree misdemeanor charge of making a terrorist threat in connection with the 2020 incident on Friday, according to court filings obtained by Oxygen.com, as part of a deal with prosecutors to avoid a felony charge. He was subsequently sentenced to 60 days in jail with credit for time served and received two years of probation.
Garnier appears to have been released, according to current online jail records and a Friday post by him on social media.
“Finally Free!!!!” he wrote on Facebook. "Five months of my freedom over some bulls--t,” he added in a separate comment.
He served approximately five and a half months in jail, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.
On March 2, 2020, Garnier dyed his hair green, painted his face, and began recording a Facebook Live of himself in character as the Joker, video of the incident as well court documents show.
“Please allow me to introduce myself — I’m the Joker,” Garnier told the camera in a raspy voice in the video clip previously reviewed by Oxygen.com.
In the nearly hour-long recording, Garnier threatened to detonate a bomb as well as carry out the mass murder of civilians while filming himself wandering around the St. Louis suburb Delmar Loop.
“I’m going to start killing people until this reaches a 1,000 [people watching],” Garnier said in the 2020 video clip. “And once it reaches a 1,000, I’m going to go out in public and I’m going to kill more.”
Garnier was later arrested by police without incident while livestreaming at Blueberry Hill, a bar and restaurant. He wasn’t found to be in possession of any weapons or firearms. No one was harmed in the incident.
Garnier’s girlfriend at the time, Lisa Mone, previously claimed he’d originally filmed the livestream to raise awareness for drug addiction.
As part of his sentence, Garnier is prohibited from returning to or having contact with Blueberry Hill. A judge also barred Garnier from appearing in public in costume, or with face paint and makeup. He’s barred from possessing firearms and ammunition and is restricted from using social media except for promoting his artwork online, filings show, as well.
The 51-year-old, who insisted the stunt was merely a joke and that he’d never intended to hurt anyone, said he regrets his actions.
“I was talking in character,” Garnier told Oxygen.com. “I was quoting direct movie quotes from ‘The Dark Knight.’ I’m acting a role, I’m acting a character out — not to be taken seriously. I said during the video, ‘This is performance art, I’m not making threats, I’m unarmed.’ One person called [the police] because everyone else knew I was joking.”
“I wish I would have given more disclaimers throughout the video that this is for entertainment purposes only and I’m not harmful and I shouldn’t be taken seriously," Garnier added. "I was railroaded. Over 3,000 people [were] watching and only one person calls the police — it’s suspicious.”
Garnier, who is a battle rapper, has nearly 8,000 followers on Facebook. He performs under the pseudonym UNCLE DUBB. The performance artist comedian also previously created the fictitious online clown character “Clouty the Clown,” in which Garnier also wears clown makeup on camera to supposedly raise awareness about the “epidemic of opiate addiction.”
Garnier has racked up several burglary and stealing convictions in Missouri dating back to 1990, according to separate court records.
Garnier's defense attorney, Christopher Faerber, was not immediately available for comment when contacted by Oxygen.com on Monday afternoon.
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