US man jailed for presidential threat
02 August 2013, 11:48
Orlando — A Florida man angry at the President Barack Obama's plan to overhaul healthcare has been sentenced to 15 months in federal prison for threatening to kill the president.
Christopher Castillo was sentenced on Thursday in federal court in Orlando. He was convicted last February.
Authorities say the 28-year-old Melbourne man made the threat on Facebook before the 2012 election. He said he would "hunt" the president down and kill him if he were re-elected.
A witness told authorities that when Castillo was told it was a federal offense to threaten the president, he said "Let them come after me ... Be more than happy to take a few of them with me."
At his trial, Castillo said he didn't really mean he would kill the president.