Massachusetts man charged with threatening US president on FBI website

July 7, 2015 01:10


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NEW YORK - A Massachusetts man has been charged with threatening US President Barack Obama in a message posted to the FBI's website, federal prosecutors said on Monday.

Andrew J. O'Keefe, 28, who is in custody, faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervision after release and a $250,000 fine for the posting, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz said in a statement.

O'Keefe, who is from Mansfield, a town about 35 miles (56 km) from Boston, is accused of posting a single threatening message to the FBI's Internet crime tip submission page on May 13, according to a criminal complaint unsealed on Monday.

"I'm planning to kill President Barack Obama, and I've got a really good plan. Have the Secret Service give me a visit. I could use some company," O'Keefe is accused of writing.

An attorney for O'Keefe could not immediately be reached.

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