Suburban Chicago mom charged with threatening FBI mole on Facebook
By Andrew Shepperson
Iesha Stanciel. (Photo: Federal complaint)
A suburban Chicago mother of seven has been accused of encouraging Facebook followers to murder an FBI informant involved in a sting that landed one of her associates in prison for trying to sell semi-automatic rifles stolen from a Chicago freight train.
Iesha Stanciel, 38, now faces federal cyberstalking charges as a result of the threats, according to a federal complaint. She has also been hit with a gun charge after being arrested with an AR 15-type assault rifle stolen from the freight train last September.
Stanciel’s associate, Brian Stafford, allegedly told the FBI informant he had the rifles in his possession just two days after the train heist in which thieves stole six brand new Smith & Wesson M&P assault rifles and 27 pistols from a south side rail yard.
Stafford was then arrested in October 2016, prompting Stanciel to post threatening messages on Facebook regarding the FBI informant. Some of the threats included the informant’s name, according to court documents.
“Snitches get stitches and found in ditches,” Stanciel said in one post, which she followed up with 11 handgun emojis.
Another post included a picture of the informant and urged followers to shoot “his head back.”
Stanciel claimed in a July letter