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Utah Man Charged With Threatening To Kill President

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A Utah man has been indicted on charges that he threatened to kill President Donald Trump during the president's visit to the state in December 2017.

Travis Luke Dominguez, 33, was indicted by a federal grand jury on 11 counts, of which two are related to the threat on the president and the others concerning emails he sent conveying intent to terrorize a local movie theater complex, a bank and surrounding businesses, reports KSTU.

Dominguez is accused of making multiple threats to Salt Lake's Unified Police Department website tip line, including taking the life of the president and any officers who tried to stop him.

"I'm going to kill the sexist racist homophob[ic] President Trump today," read one of his emails to the UPD website. "Nothing you can do to save President Trump nor stop me pigs."

Trump was in Utah on Dec. 4, 2017, to sign two proclamations to shrink the combined size of two of the state's national monuments -- Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante -- from 3.25 million to around 1.2 million total acres, according to The Washington Post.

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"I'm a Navy Seal," said Dominguez. "I woke up and decided to kill the President Trump today. Please forgive me and then I will die by suicide by cop."

Dominguez also sent other messages via the tip line, including on Dec. 31, 2017, when he allegedly threatened to carry out an attack at a movie theater in the Salt Lake City area and harm any officers who responded to the scene.

In a statement on Jan. 3, the U.S. Attorney's Office said the threats generally involved the use of firearms or explosives.

Included in the 11 counts against Dominguez are five charges of maliciously conveying false information, which suggest that he made the numerous threats without having the means or intent to carry them out, but made them anyway, according to KSTU.

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Officers arrested Dominguez on Dec. 31. 2017, during a traffic stop near the movie theater and booked him into the Salt Lake County Jail. Dominguez faces up to 10 years in federal prison on each count, if convicted.

Nearly every U.S. president since Abraham Lincoln has been the target of an assassination attempt. After President William McKinley was shot and killed by an anarchist in 1901, the Secret Service has assumed responsibility for protecting the president, reports the Los Angeles Times.

In June 2016, British citizen Michael Sandford attempted to grab a policeman's gun at a Trump rally, but was given leniency from the judge during his sentencing due because he has autism.

Sources: KSTU, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, BBC / Featured Image: geralt/Pixabay / Embedded Images: Matt Johnson/Flickr, Salt Lake Tribune

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