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Judge orders GPS monitoring for accused 'joker'

Friday - 8/31/2012, 11:46am  ET

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This image provided by by Mike Cochran shows Neil E. Prescott in an undated photo. Cochran, a friend of Prescott, says the Maryland man accused of threatening to shoot up his workplace is a ''gentle giant'' who collected weapons and had expressed concerns about break-ins near his apartment complex. Cochran tells The Associated Press on Saturday, July 28, 2012, that he thinks Prescott did not intend for his comments to be taken seriously. Cochran says Prescott was known for having a sarcastic sense of humor. (AP Photo/Mike Cochran)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - A judge has ordered GPS monitoring for a Maryland man accused of calling himself a "joker" while phoning in a threat to his workplace.

The Baltimore Sun ( http://tinyurl.com/8dlftt6) reports the judge also barred Neil Prescott from any access to guns during a hearing Thursday in Prince George's County Mental Health Court. Prescott has been receiving outpatient mental health treatment for the past week.

He's been charged with using a telephone to make threats. Police say Prescott threatened on July 27 to load his guns and shoot up his workplace. Police recovered about two dozen weapons and ammunition in his Crofton apartment.

Prescott's attorney, William Brennan, gave the judge a report from a social worker and a doctor that found Prescott was "not a danger."


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