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Published: 1/30/2014

Central Ohio man who threatened Obama on Twitter gets 16 months in federal prison

ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS — A federal judge has sentenced a central Ohio man to 16 months in prison for making Twitter threats to kill President Barack Obama.

Thirty-seven-year-old Daniel Temple of Columbus had confessed to U.S. Secret Service agents to making the threats and pleaded guilty in May.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that he was sentenced by U.S. District Judge George C. Smith on Wednesday.

According to the Secret Service complaint, threatening tweets by Temple from March included the president’s name and phrases such as “coming to kill you” and “killing you soon.”

Temple’s attorney, Gordon G. Hobson, wrote in a sentencing memorandum that Temple has been treated since 2010 for paranoia, delusions and hallucinations caused by alcohol and marijuana abuse.

Hobson said Temple has been sober since his arrest in March.



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