As most people who read this blog are aware, it is illegal to threaten to kill or threaten to assassinate the president of the United States. In a recent case, a man from Mansfield, Massachusetts, was due to appear in court on July 6 to answer charges that he threatened to kill President Barack Obama via an online Internet post.
The 28-year-old suspect in the case, Andrew J. O'Keefe, will answer charges relating to a federal criminal complaint that says he was responsible for the online post. The case is being prosecuted by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz.
Posted Threat on FBI Website
The Internet post allegedly happened on May 13, 2015. The man visited an FBI site and announced that he planned to murder Barack Obama. He also requested that U.S. Secret Service agents come to visit him at his residence because, as he stated in the post, he could "use the company." The FBI complied.
Seized Over 100 Weapons in Total
Just two days after the statement appeared on the FBI website, authorities linked the post to O'Keefe and accused him of being its author. Federal agents tracked down his residence and went to the apartment to interview their man. Initially, O'Keefe would not speak with the agents, but later agreed to come out of his home after 90 minutes of negotiation.
The FBI agents also secured a search warrant to enter the home. Inside they claim to have found double-edged knives, swords, hatchets, an air gun, two laptop computers and spears. They seized more than a hundred weapons in total.
Could Face Up to 5 Years in Federal Prison
If convicted of crimes relating to presidential death threats, this man could be punished with a maximum of five years in federal prison. He could also be subjected to a fine of up to $250,000, and up to three years of supervised release. However, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office, it is not common for maximum penalties to be issued in federal cases like this one.
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