Point Pleasant Beach, NJ man faces 5 years over threat of appeal


A Point Pleasant Beach man, jailed since March 2021, has now pleaded guilty to a series of threatening charges and incidents.

Ocean County District Attorney Bradley D. Billhimer announced Friday that Shaun Giberson, 40, had pleaded guilty to the terrorist threats he was accused of after making threats in Point Pleasant Borough last March.

Giberson also pleaded guilty to arson on Friday following an unrelated incident in Manchester Township on August 18, 2020.

On March 18, 2021, Giberson, described to police as an anonymous caller, left a series of threatening voicemail messages on the phone lines at Point Boro High School as well as Nellie Bennett Elementary School.

It is not known what these messages implied or a motive for leaving them in these schools.

Point Pleasant Borough Police investigated the phone calls and voicemail messages and this led them to Giberson, who was later arrested that day and has been in Ocean County Jail since that arrest.

As for the Manchester fire, Giberson set a backpack on fire at a township group home on August 18, 2020.

Police learned that Giberson, who lived in the group home at the home, had set on fire on purpose.

For his threatening voicemail messages and for setting a backpack on fire, Giberson faces five years of concurrent sentences in state prison.

Prosecutor Billhimer said supervising assistant prosecutor Michael Abatemarco was handling the case on behalf of the state.

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