Appeals Court Orders Inmate Released

A young man, who first gained attention as a standout high school athlete, then as the person responsible for calling in several bomb threats, is catching another break.

The state's First District Court of Appeals has ordered Tyler Porter released from prison.

Porter was charged with making bomb threats to Marianna High School between August 10 and September 11, 2001. The last one was especially troubling because it came the same day as the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

During his original trial, the judge sentenced Porter to five years in prison, but the Department of Corrections sent Porter to a Youthful Offender Boot Camp in Lake Sumter. He completed the program without any problems and was released in June 2002.

Porter violated his probation in 2004 and was sent to prison for eight years, but he appealed on the grounds that he'd completed his requirements as a youthful offender and therefore could not be punished as an adult.

Monday, the District Court of Appeals agreed and has ordered him released from the Sate Prison facility in Walton County.


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