Gainesville man sentenced to prison for school shooting threat


A Gainesville man who posted on his Instagram page that he was going to shoot up a middle school was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday.

According to a State Attorney Eighth Judicial Circuit press release, Judge Peter Seig sentenced Daniel Julio Dominguez, 32, to three years in the Florida Department of Corrections followed by 10 years of felony probation. Dominguez will also not be allowed to possess any firearms or have contact with any Alachua County schools.

Daniel Dominguez
Courtesy of Alachua County Jail Daniel Dominguez

On Monday, the court listened to more than four hours of testimony from 30 character witnesses on behalf of Dominguez. The State said that an Alachua County jury found Dominguez guilty on March 6 and had requested him to be sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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The incident stemmed from an Oct. 19, 2023, Instagram video Dominguez posted saying he wanted to shoot up a middle school.

In the video, Dominguez was sitting in front of a bookshelf with an AR-15 rifle on his right side and a handgun on his left. He allegedly said he didn’t want to hurt anyone, saying he just wanted to shoot at the school in the hope that police would respond and kill him. He added he would go to the school on a Saturday or Sunday when no children were there and various disclaimers were attached to the video, including one that said, “This is an Art piece.”

Seig stated that “during the 4 hours of testimony outside of the States’ presentation no one considered the victims in the case” which included the students at Kanapaha Middle School, Wiles Elementary School and any child who viewed the video Dominguez released, according to the press release. Seig said he hoped the three-year prison sentence would deter others.

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3 years? He should be well trained after that. Prison has much stronger indoctrination than government schools. The problem is – he’ll be indoctrinated by gangs and mob-like ‘professors’.