During the last Presidential election, there were certainly a lot of strong opinions on who should be elected. Some people took to social media to express how they felt about the candidates, but for one man, his Facebook post did more than start a debate. It actually landed him in jail.
Christopher Castillo of Melbourne, Florida took to Facebook in November to make a promise that if President Obama were reelected, he would hunt him down, kill him, and “watch the life disappear from his eyes.”
Not long after the post, Secret Service agents arrived at Castillo’s home. Castillo maintained that he was joking around, but earlier this year, a jury determined they didn’t buy it. Castillo has now been sentenced to 15 months in prison for the threat.
“A lot of people say things on Facebook that they don’t mean, and I understand the Secret Service has to do what they have to do, it’s their job,” said Frank Castillo, Christopher’s father. “I would imagine they would find some people out there that really are loose cannons. Christopher is not one of them."
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During the trial, Castillo’s attorney argued that he was not serious in his threat, but as history has shown, threats against presidents are not taken lightly.
“Mr. Castillo is not an assassin,” said James Smith, the attorney.
Castillo and his defense team argued that he was, in fact, the victim of Internet trolling, but clearly the judge and jury did not buy it. After his 15 months in prison is up, it’s safe to say that Castillo will probably think twice before posting anything on Facebook from now on.