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Starting a Flash Mob Could Get You More Prison Time Than Drowning Your Cat

People who organize violent flash mobs via social media will get years in jail, according to a new state law. How does the punishment compare to other crimes?

A cell block in a state prison

Photo: Michael Tercha / Chicago Tribune

Under a new city state law passed in May, starting a violent flash mob (a.k.a. “wilding”) via text or social media could bring even more prison time than getting caught with armor-piercing bullets or drowning your cat. Here’s how a sample of six other penalties compare.

Up to 30 days in jail (and/or fine up to $1,500)

Cruel treatment of an animal
Up to one year in jail (and/or fine up to $2,500)

Unlawfully possessing armor-piercing bullets
Two to five years in prison (and/or fine up to $25,000)

Abandoning a child
One to three years in prison (and/or fine up to $25,000)

Three to seven years in prison (and/or fine up to $25,000)

Sparking a flash mob
Three to six years in prison (and/or fine up to $25,000)

Possessing heroin, cocaine, or meth (15 to 100 grams)
Four to 15 years in prison (and/or fine up to $200,000)


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