Man Who Plotted Mass Shooting During Women's Marches Weekend Because He'd 'Never Had a Girlfriend' Sentenced to Zero to Five Years in Prison

A Colorado man who threatened to launch a murdering spree because he never had a girlfriend has been sentenced to as much as five years in prison.

Last month, Christopher Wayne Cleary pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of attempted threat of terrorism. He was arrested on January 19 in Provo, Utah, after posting a message on Facebook warning he would carry out a shooting in a public place.

In the post, the 27-year-old explained he would specifically target women as he had never had a girlfriend and was still a virgin.

"All I wanted was a girlfriend, not 1000 not a bunch of hoes not money none of that," he wrote on Facebook, according to a report from police officers in Provo.

"All I wanted was to be loved, yet no one cares about me I'm 27 years old and I've never had a girlfriend before and I'm still a virgin, this is why I'm planning on shooting up a public place soon and being the next mass shooter cause I'm ready to die and all the girls the turned me down is going to make it right by killing as many girls as I see."

Members of the Utah Country Major Crimes Task Force and an FBI agent arrested Cleary on the same day as a number of women's marches were planned in Utah and across the country.

According to The Salt Lake Tribune, Cleary told officers who arrested him that he had been upset and had not been thinking clearly.

Investigators suggested the Facebook message followed the pattern of similarly disturbing behavior.

They indicated the 27-year-old man had a history of harassing women online. According to The Associated Press, at least eight people told authorities Clearly had been stalking or harassing them in the last seven years.

In 2013, Cleary reportedly threatened to bomb a grocery store in Denver, Colorado, when an employee refused to cash his check.

During a phone call three years later, while under probation for a marijuana conviction, he allegedly warned he would carry out a mass shooting at a mental health facility.

In the same year, he was charged with stalking two 18-year-old women he met online. Months later he was charged with a similar offense, when he reportedly harassed a female colleague.

Last year, he was sentenced to probation for all three cases by a judge in Jefferson County, Colorado.

Christopher Wayne Cleary
Christopher Wayne Cleary was arrested on January 19 after planning to carry out a mass shooting. Utah County Sheriff's Office