Alabama man sentenced to prison for tweeting ‘let’s kill the president’
A judge has sentenced an Alabama man to federal prison for threatening President Barack Obama on Twitter, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. sentenced 26-year-old Jarvis Britton of Birmingham to one year in prison for threatening the life of Obama. He must serve three years on probation after finishing the prison term.
Britton pleaded guilty in March to threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm on the president by tweeting the message, “Let’s kill the president. F.E.A.R.,” in September.
AL.com reported that Britton had sent out several tweets in which he threatened to kill Obama. He received a warning from the Secret Service in June, but continued to make the threats.
“Serious question? If you knew about a terrorist group planning to kill the president, would you tell? I kinda wanna see if they can! F.E.A.R,” he tweeted on September 19, 2012.
He was arrested two days later.