A man from Birmingham, Alabama, has been sentenced to one year in prison for threatening the life of President Barack Obama on Twitter.
U.S. District Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr. sentenced Jarvis Britton, 26, to one year in prison Thursday for threatening the life of President Barack Obama on the social network Twitter, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and Secret Service agent Jeffrey Anderson.
Britton pleaded guilty in March to tweeting threats against the president in September and Judge Smith had ruled in February that Britton was competent to stand trial.
After Britton completes his prison term, he must serve three years of supervised release, according to the ruling.
A federal grand jury indicted Britton in September for knowingly threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm on the president by tweeting the message, “Let’s kill the president. F.E.A.R.,” on Sept. 14.
The Secret Service investigated the case and Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph P. Montminy and Daniel J. Fortune prosecuted.
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