Florida student pleads guilty to threat on Obama's life

MIAMI Wed May 23, 2012 7:09pm EDT

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MIAMI (Reuters) - A college student pleaded guilty in federal court on Wednesday to threatening in a Facebook post to kill President Barack Obama by putting "a bullet through his head."

Joaquin Amador Serrapio, 20, had pleaded not guilty after his arrest by Secret Service agents in February. He changed his plea after accepting what his lawyer Alan Ross said was an offer from prosecutors.

"He was really stupid, really stupid," said Ross. He said that Serrapio never intended to make good on his threats, which were posted on Facebook under the assumed name "Jay Valor."

Ross said the threats had been made "to rile up Obama supporters."

The statements Serrapio made included various threats against Obama. In one he announced the president had been targeted for assassination during a visit to the University of Miami this year.

"If anyones going to UM to see Obama today, get ur phones out an record ... Im gonna put a bullet through his head and u don't wanna miss that," one of the Facebook posts said.

Serrapio, who studies music business at Miami-Dade College, remains free on bail and was due to reappear in court for sentencing on August 22.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Ross said Serrapio will likely face up to 10 months in jail or on probation.

"There's no requirement that any portion of the sentence be served in jail," Ross said, referring to the sentencing guidelines.

(Reporting by Tom Brown; Editing by Xavier Briand)

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Comments (7)
CharlesKayeAZ wrote:
I suppose this is what happens when people see their future earnings and freedoms being taken away. Instead of using the voting booth, or making their voice heard on the web in a peaceful way, getting involved in spreading the word of their favored party, or sending letters to their congressional representatives, these idiots think that eliminating a person will fix the problem.

A note to any other numbskulls thinking things like this – if you don’t like the politicians, talk to people, get them to discuss your issues and if they agree, they will vote the politician out.

May 23, 2012 7:36pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bucky_2 wrote:
Deport him and his family.

May 23, 2012 8:01pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
monsterhead wrote:
Too much Fox News will do this to you.

May 23, 2012 8:19pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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