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Bizarre Case:Man arrested in connection with a letter threatening an armed attack in Southie.

A Quincy man was arrested and charged in connection with sending a letter threatening an armed attack at a South Boston school last year, the District Attorney’s office announced on Thursday.

Clebio P. De Lima, 43, a Brazilian national living without document was arrested and charged in an indictment with two counts of making false statements to federal authorities. De Lima is scheduled to appear in federal court later on Thursday.

According to, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’s Boston Office received an unsigned, handwritten letter, in Portuguese, stating that someone named “Mario” was going to carry out an attack at a South Boston school.

The letter went not to say that Mario bought two firearms and was looking to buy more. It also went on to say he was going to “open fire on all of the children.” Yikes.

The FBI Boston joint terrorism task force determined that the letter was false. De Lima also falsely denied knowing about the letter. De Lima could face up to five years in prison, one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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  1. Not so New to The Hood says

    Another win for legal, tax paying MA residents! We send this guy to a prison funded by our tax dollars only to have him released shortly after. Love these sanctuary policies!

  2. SBH,School says

    It’s unusual for a “foreigner” to commit such a heinous act of despair. These School type threats and shootings are typically undertaken by suburban white kids.

  3. You're kidding me. says

    Where does he live, (and don’t say QUINCY, you know what I’m asking) where does his money come from, who’s the baby mama and how much is raking in?

  4. Sue says

    Hey, SBHS. Are you out of your mind. Do you really know what’s in everyone’s mind and what they are going to do. If they are sane or not. Being from a different country and not being a US citizens you have no idea what they have planed. Now I’m not saying this includes all non citizens but we do have to be aware. Remember we used to have 2 beautiful buildings in New York they were called the twin towers. Not anymore because we were unguarded. Now we are more vigilant because there are so many attacks, shootings in schools, the list goes on.

  5. Sheila says

    So Thankful they caught him, I agree with Sue you have no idea what’s on foreigners mind! Many outsiders hate the United States we must never forget 9-11