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Man receives 15 months for threatening President Barack Obama

4:17 PM, Aug 1, 2013   |    comments
Christopher Castillo
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- Christopher Castillo received 15 months in federal prison Thursday for threatening to kill President Barack Obama.

According to the Department of Justice press release, a federal jury convicted Castillo, 28, on February 5.

According to testimony and evidence presented at trial, Castillo posted the following threat on Facebook, "that's the last straw, if he gets re-elected I'm going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes."

Later, after someone informed him that threatening the President was a federal offense, Castillo "doubled-down" as the witness described, by posting, "I wouldn't call it a threat but more of a promise, let them come after me ... Be more than happy to take a few of them with me."

A witness reported the threatening post to the United States Secret Service and law enforcement officers.

Castillo admitted making the statements during an interview because of his "severe anger" because the of the President's views on healthcare. He allegedly made an explicit statement about slapping and beating the President when asked what he would do if the President were standing in front of him. Additionally, Castillo also told agents that he would call the President a terrorist.

The release detailed that Castillo testified that he was just angry and did not really mean that he would kill the President during trial.

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