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RivCo mass shooting social media chatter ends in jail time

NORCO, CA — A convicted felon with access to multiple firearms who openly fantasized about carrying out a shooting at Norco College was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison.

Jacob Ryan McBain, 31, of Norco was convicted in April of three counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm and one count each of being a felon in possession ammunition and an assault weapon.

A Riverside jury acquitted McBain of attempted murder, conspiracy to commit a felony and solicitation of murder.

Thomas was sentenced on April 18 to three years, eight months behind bars.

The men were arrested in 2018 following a joint investigation by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department and the Riverside Community College District Police Department.

A prosecution brief said the men discussed via Facebook Messenger what it might be like to shoot people on the Norco campus, with most of the discussion being done by McBain, who said “he wanted become a professional mass shooter”.

Thomas replied, “That sounds really entertaining,” according to the memoir.

The prosecution said the two men were originally from the Portland, Oregon metro area, but McBain became homeless and moved to Norco to stay with a male friend, whose identity is not known. leaked, living in a house in the 5000 block of Trail Street. The man had every firearm McBain had access to.

A sheriff’s investigation was opened in February 2018 after McBain texted a Santa Cruz woman, also unnamed, saying he wanted to kill “many people” and that he then wanted to be ‘killed by the police’, according to court documents.

The defendant was clearly inspired by the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida that month, prosecutors say.

The woman contacted sheriff’s investigators and provided them with footage of her FB messaging conversations with McBain, according to the brief.

The alleged homicide statements were sufficient to obtain a search warrant and serve it on the accused’s friend’s Norco home on February 19, 2018.

The search uncovered a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, a loaded 9mm pistol and a loaded 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun. There were also numerous ammunition boxes concealed in various places in the house, according to investigators.

Although the guns belonged to the owner, McBain had boasted in his chat messages that he could use them, prosecutors said.

Further investigation into the accused’s social media activity led detectives to Thomas, with whom McBain communicated regularly. He was arrested in Oregon and extradited to California three weeks later.

Court records show that McBain had a previous conviction in another jurisdiction, but the offenses were not listed.

Thomas had no prior documented felony convictions.