North Carolina Man Arrested After Threatening to Kill Obama on Twitter

Secret Service paid Donte Sims a visit after he tweeted he would 'aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead.'

Posted: 09/07/2012 03:10 PM EDT
Donte Sims

Donte Sims

A violent Twitter rant against President Obama landed 21-year-old North Carolina resident Donte Sims in police custody after Secret Service agents linked Sims to the incendiary tweets.

“The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead,” one of the tweets read, CNN reports.

Ahead of President Obama’s arrival in Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention, Sims allegedly sent five Twitter messages Monday morning threatening the president.


"Ima hit president Obama with that Lee Harvey Oswald swag," one message read. "Well IMA Assassinate president Obama this evening," said another.

Secret Service agents visited Sims’ home to interview him regarding the tweets.

"Sims stated that he published the statements because he hated President Obama," said an affidavit written by a Secret Service agent. "Sims asserted that he was high on marijuana when he made the threats but that he understood what he was doing and that it was wrong."

The agent arrested Sims at his home for several outstanding warrants.

Sims has a detention hearing scheduled for Sept. 11. The maximum penalty for threatening a president is five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.


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