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A Miami-Dade College student plans to plea guilty in a federal court to threatening to harm President Barack Obama on Facebook, The Associated Press reports.
Joaquin Amador Serrapio Jr, 20, is set to appear today in a plea hearing Wednesday afternoon and plead guilty to one count of threatening to harm the president, AP reports.
The Secret Service arrested Serrapio at his home on Feb. 24. After learning of the threats he posted on facebook under the alias “Jay Valor.” There, they found an Airsoft pellet gun and an Apple iPad that showed the postings.
One of the postings stated, “Who wants to help me assassinate Obummer while hes at UM this week?”
He also wrote, “If anyones going to UM to see obama today, get ur phones out an record. Cause at any moment im gonna put a bullet through his head and u don’t wanna miss that! Youtube!”
The defendant’s attorney Alan Ross told The Miami Herald his client had no intention of hurting the president and “wants to apologize.”
“It was just a joke. I truly regret it,” Serrapio told The Miami Herald. “I’ll learn from it. I do regret it, but it was just all so unnecessary. I’m not going to see this as a stumbling block, but as a stepping stone. I will never touch Facebook again, never.”
Serrapio also allegedy sent text messages that “challenged” Obama’s “communist administration” and “threatened” Secret Service agents.
Serrapio said the postings were “just a joke.”
“I obviously can’t talk about the case directly,” Serrapio said. “But I can say that it was a joke. I mean, it’s Facebook. I’m a musician. The biggest crime I could commit is hitting someone with a guitar.”
Serrapio faces a maximum five-year prison sentence.
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