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US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the 2012 NATO Summit (Photo Credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / GettyImages)

US President Barack Obama speaks during a press conference at the conclusion of the 2012 NATO Summit (Photo Credit: MANDEL NGAN / AFP / GettyImages)

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MIAMI (AP) — A Miami college student plans to plead guilty in federal court to threatening President Barack Obama on Facebook.

A plea hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon for 20-year-old Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr. His attorney says he intends to plead guilty to one count of threatening to kill or harm the president.

Federal prosecutors say Serrapio posted threats on Facebook in February when Obama was in Miami to give a speech.

The posts threatened to put a bullet in the president’s head and asked if anyone wanted to help in a presidential assassination.

There’s no indication Serrapio intended to act on the threats. His lawyer says Serrapio never wanted to hurt the president.

Serrapio faces a maximum five-year prison sentence. He attends Miami-Dade College and is also a rock musician.

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