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Facebook threats to Pres. Obama lead to five years in federal prison

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A federal jury found a man guilty of threatening to kill the President of the United States. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in federal prison.

Christopher Castillo, 28, of Melbourne, used Facebook to announce his plans to kill President Obama.

"That's the last straw, if he gets re-elected I'm going to hunt him down and kill him watch the life disappear from his eyes," he posted, according to the Department of Justice report.

He was told that a threat like this was a federal offense but he didn't stop.

"I wouldn't call it a threat but more of a promise, let them come after me... Be more than happy to take a few of them with me," his next post read, according to the report.

The Secret Service did come after him. When they questioned him, he said he threatened the President because of Obama's views on health care, the deputies said.

A jury of his peers found Castillo guilty of threatening to kill the President. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for April. During the trial he said he didn't mean it.

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