Threatening President Obama’s life via Twitter landed one Florida man behind bars.
Donte Jamar Sims, 22, was sentenced to six months in prison in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday and one year of supervised release after he threatened to kill the president in various tweets.
Authorities were able to gain user records for Sims' Twitter account, DestroyLeague_D, in order to convict him. The troubling tweets were sent during the Democratic National Convention last year, when Obama accepted his party’s nomination to seek a second term.
"Plotting president Obama's Murder," "Ima Assassinate president Obama this evening!" and "The Secret Service is gonna be defenseless once I aim the Assault Rifle at Barack's Forehead” were three of the five tweets that landed Sims in jail.
Sims didn’t attempt to deny he wrote the tweets, and pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly and willfully making a threat to take the life of the president.
Sims explained he was high on marijuana when he wrote the tweets, but still fully understood the seriousness of his threats.
"Sims stated that he published the statements because he hated President Obama," wrote a Secret Service agent in an affidavit last year. "He asserted that he was sorry he sent the messages threatening to kill the president of the United States and provided me with a written apology.”
Sims pleaded guilty back in October in hopes his admission would get him out of a prison sentence, but the judge believed the seriousness of the crime, whatever Sims’ intentions may have been, deserved a prison sentence.