Miami Student To Plead Guilty In Obama Threat Case
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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — A Miami college student accused of making threats against President Barack Obama on Facebook is expected to plead guilty according to court records.
A change of plea hearing is set for Wednesday for 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. He had previously pleaded not guilty.
Federal prosecutors say Serrapio posted threats on Facebook in February coinciding with a speech Obama gave at the University of Miami. Serrapio attends Miami-Dade College.
One post threatened to put a bullet in the president’s head. Another asked if anyone wanted to help with a presidential assassination.
Serrapio operated the Facebook page under the alias “Jay Valor.”
Secret Service agents, according to the federal complaint, also found disturbing text messages on his phone which challenged the Secret Service and said he’d “kill at least two of them.”
There’s no indication Serrapio intended to act on the threats. His lawyer Alan Ross has said Serrapio never wanted to hurt the president and only intended it as a joke.
Ross said Serrapio regrets what happened and has apologized to the President and the United States Secret Service.
Serrapio faces a maximum five-year maximum prison sentence.
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