A Florida man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to threatening United States President Barack Obama over Twitter.
Donte Jamar Sims, 22, will serve six months in prison plus one year of supervised release for tweets he published last year. He pleaded guilty to threatening the president’s life last October and was sentenced in a Charlotte, North Carolina courtroom on Wednesday.
Authorities obtained a search warrant for user records pertaining to the Twitter account “DestroyLeague_D” last year after becoming aware of at least five tweets that discussed plotting to kill the president in advance of Mr. Obama’s address at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September. They were able to link the social media account to Sims, who went on to plead guilty to one count of knowingly and willfully making a threat to take the life of the president.
“Plotting president Obama’s Murder,” “Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!” and “The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack’s Forehead” were three of the micromessages that raised the suspicion of authorities.