Jarvis Britton sentenced to one year in prison for threatening President Obama on Twitter
By Your Black World
An Alabama man has been sentenced to one year in jail for threatening President Obama on Twitter.
Jarvis Britton, 26, pleaded guilty in March to tweeting threats to President Obama. Britton was indicted for “knowingly threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict bodily harm on the president”
Britton initially claimed that when he tweeted “Let’s kill the president. FEAR,” it was not directed at President Obama, but at Syria’s President Assad. He claimed that FEAR was an acronym for “Free Everyone Assad Regime.”
Prosecutors, however, say FEAR is the name for Forever Enduring Always Ready, a group which has as its ambition the overthrow of the U.S. government. The group has reportedly been linked terrorist plots as well.
Britton also reportedly tweeted, “Free speech? Really? Let’s test this! Let’s kill the president!”, and “Barack Obama, I wish you were DEAD!”
“Any threat made on the life of the president of the United States is a serious matter that will be prosecuted,” Acting U.S. Attorney John England said.
Britton will be on supervised release for three months after he serves a year in prison.