Anti-govt. militia member pleads guilty to Twitter threat to kill Obama

Washington, Mar 19: An Alabama man, belonging to anti-government militia, FEAR, has pleaded guilty to threatening to kill President Barack Obama, on Twitter.

Threatening to kill the president, whether on a social networking site or via any other method of communication, is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison and a 250,000-dollar fine, reports the Daily News.

Jarvis Britton, 25, of Birmingham, Alabama, tweeted on September 14, saying: “Let’s kill the president. F.E.A.R.”.

F.E.A.R. is an acronym for a national militia group called Forever Enduring Always Ready, which prosecutors said aspired to overthrow the federal government and assassinate the president.

Eight members of F.E.A.R., including active-duty members of the U.S. military, were prosecuted in 2012 for their role in killing a soldier and his girlfriend they suspected had betrayed the paramilitary group.

Britton is not the only person to come under the scrutiny of law enforcement officials after making a threat against Obama on Twitter.

North Carolina resident, Donte Jamar Sims, 21, tweeted two days before Obama campaigned in Charlotte, threatening to aim the Assault Rifle at “Barack’s forehead”.

Sims was obligated by federal prosecutors to wear an electronic monitoring device for six months and was banned from using Twitter or any other social networking site.

Alyssa Douglas, a 16-year-old high school girl from the Clarksville, Ohio, also found herself under scrutiny for targeting Obama with a menacing tweet.

Douglas’ tweet drew widespread condemnation on the site and attracted the attention of the Secret Service, which conducted an investigation into whether the girl posed a credible threat. No charges have been filed in that case.

Britton, meanwhile, faces a June 20 sentencing hearing. (ANI)