Man Charged With Threatening President Via Twitter

3:42 PM, Sep 7, 2012   |    comments
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Charlotte, NC-- Not everything you say in social media goes unnoticed by law enforcement and it can land you in jail, especially when it involves the President of the United States. 

An example...a Charlotte man is behind bars after investigators say he threatened to kill President Obama during the Democratic National Convention.

Investigators told WBTV that Donte Jarmar Sims, 21, was arrested on Wednesday, charged in a felony criminal complaint accusing him of threatening the president's life.

Friday, WBTV learned Sims is scheduled to be in federal magistrate's court in Charlotte Tuesday morning.

The threats were done via Sims' Twitter account on Monday morning.

The first tweet was sent out at 10:06 a.m. on Monday when Sims tweeted, "Well Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening !... Gotta get this monkey off my chest while he's in town."

"Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swagg," he tweeted just two minutes later.

WBTV took at look at Sims' Twitter account, which is still active, and saw that he sent out five threatening messages within a 14-minute span.

Sims is being held at a federal detention center and has a hearing scheduled for next Tuesday.

Investigators say that Sims was interviewed by Secret Service agents at his home where he admitted that he hated the President.

 

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