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Facebook post lands Lorain man back in prison

The picture that accompanied Ryan Fye's controversial Facebook post. (Source: Facebook) The picture that accompanied Ryan Fye's controversial Facebook post. (Source: Facebook)
The message in Ryan Fye's Facebook post. (Source: Facebook) The message in Ryan Fye's Facebook post. (Source: Facebook)
Ryan Fye mugshot. (Source: Westlake Police) Ryan Fye mugshot. (Source: Westlake Police)
Ryan Fye in court Thursday. (Source: WOIO) Ryan Fye in court Thursday. (Source: WOIO)
A Lorain man who got out of prison early will be headed back, thanks to social media. 

Ryan Fye, convicted of causing a deadly accident, was sentenced in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court last May to three years in prison.

Fye was speeding in the Metroparks Bradley Woods Reservation in Westlake, when he lost control and slammed into a tree. One of Fye's passengers, William Fekete, 22, died from his injuries. Fye was released from prison in December, after serving seven months of his sentence. 

After getting out of jail, Fye hopped on Facebook and posted the following message, accompanied by a picture of himself with middle fingers up: 

Prison didn't break me. It MADE me. I'm free. I'm a new man. Don't come at like before. Yes I'm skinny and muscular now. 7 months of working out everyday. Love my real friends and fam. Shout outs to my fam behind bars. I'll see ya when you're time is near! Miss you brothers!  

Fekete's family felt the post was a threat and contacted prosecutors.

Judge Richard McMonagle agreed and ordered Fye back to prison. 

Fye's family says the post was not directed to Fekete, it was aimed at a former friend who threatened Fye.

"He deleted 211 people before he even got on Facebook that day, in case somebody knew that man. Nobody is printing that up. The nice things he has on there. Just that," said Fye's mother, Tracey Pattotta.

A second judge denied Fye's motion and ruled he would have to take his case to an appellate court. 

"This was a car accident. Nothing to do with alcohol or drugs. It was an accident. He is very remorseful," said Fye's attorney Michael Stepanik. "He says not a day goes by he doesn't think about what happened."

Fye is filing an appeal to the decision to revoke his probation based on his Facebook post.

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