President Obama during his nomination acceptance speech at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte (image credit Robyn Beck/Getty)
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina man will likely avoid prison after posting online threats to assassinate President Obama during last month's the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte.
Donte Jamar Sims pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court to threatening the life of the President of the United States, which is a crime under federal law. The U.S. Secret Service arrested the 21-year old Sims on Sept. 5 after he posted a string of messages threatening to harm Obama with an assault rifle and comparing himself to Lee Harvey Oswald, the man who shot President Kennedy in 1963.
Following his plea, Sims was released under $50,000 bond after being jailed since his arrest. He is ordered to wear an electronic monitoring cuff and is prohibited from using Twitter or any other social media.