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Alabama Man Tweets Jokes about Killing the POTUS, finds out it’s NOT a joke. What an idiot.

Posted by Warm Southern Breeze on Thursday, September 27, 2012

From our “Yes, Some Folks are Really that Stupid” files comes this recent item.

Oh well… folks in Alabama aren’t known for being the sharpest knives in the block, anyway.

Birmingham man charged after tweeting threats to kill President Barack Obama

Published: Sunday, September 23, 2012, 3:57 PM     Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012, 10:06 AM

By Kent Faulk — The Birmingham News

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — A Birmingham man was arrested and charged with posting messages on Twitter threatening the life of President Barack Obama.

Jarvis M. Britton, 25, of Birmingham, was charged late Friday with making a threat against the president, according to court documents. The complaint against Britton was filed by the U.S. Secret Service in U.S. District Court in Birmingham.

Britton was arrested after having made three threatening comments aimed at the president in June and then again on Thursday, according to an affidavit filed by Phillip G. Holley, special agent with the U.S. Secret Service in Birmingham.

Holley stated he had received a report from an anonymous citizen on June 30 that Britton was using his computer to make threats against the president.

The agent stated he interviewed Britton on July 2 and determined that Britton had tweeted two messages on June 28 and one on June 29 that talked about killing the president.

According to Holley’s affidavit, Britton’s June 28 tweet stated “Free speech? Really? Let’s test this! Let’s kill the president” and later “I’m going to finish this, if they get me, they get me! #ohwell. I think we could get the president with cyanide. #MakeItSlow.”

The June 29 tweet stated “Barack Obama, I wish you were DEAD!,” according to the affidavit.

“Britton was advised of the seriousness of the the matter; however, no further action was taken following conclusion of the interview,” Holley stated.

But on Thursday, Holley stated, he was contacted by the U.S. Secret Service Internet Threat Desk, in Washington D.C., that Britton on Sept. 14 had tweeted the message: “Let’s kill the president. F.E.A.R.”

Kevin Butler, public defender for the Northern District of Alabama, declined comment on the charge against Britton.

After his arrest, Britton was brought before U.S. Magistrate Judge T. Michael Putnam for an initial appearance, according to court records. At that hearing the judge explained to Britton the charges against him, appointed Britton an attorney from the federal defenders’ office, and ordered Britton held without bond until a detention hearing that is scheduled for Wednesday.

Britton is being held at the Jefferson County Jail under the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service.

If convicted, Britton could face up to five years in federal prison.


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