The case raised questions of free speech in art. In a rap song, deputies say, Christopher Maurice McCallum threatened to "catch you at a Gator game and shoot the whole campus up."
An Ocala rapper arrested for making threats in a video song — raising the issue of free speech in art — on Friday pleaded no contest to resisting an officer without violence and was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
The felony charge for making the threat was dismissed.
Christopher Maurice McCallum, 26, was arrested in April on a charge of threatening a mass shooting for a rap in which referenced a rival and said “catch you at a Gator game and shoot the whole campus up.”
Under Florida statutes, threatening to kill or injure someone is a felony, as is writing, composing, sending or procuring something that indicates the person will conduct a mass shooting or act of terrorism, Alachua County Sheriff’s Lt. Brett Rhodenizer said at the time of the arrest.
But the arrest spurred questions over whether threats of violence in art are protected free speech.
Darry Lloyd, spokesman for the State Attorney’s Office, said the felony charges against McCallum were dropped in return for his plea to the resisting charge.
The plea gives McCallum a violation of the federal probation he was serving, Lloyd added. Florida Department of Corrections records show McCallum served time for robbery with a firearm and battery by a detainee.